Just when we thought the city of Los Angeles was in the doldrums.
The defending NBA champions, Los Angeles Lakers opened their season with a 99-92 victory over their roommates, the Los Angeles Clippers. Prior to the game the Lakers held their ring ceremony and raised their 15th championship banner.
Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and Co. looked tough last night. With a hungry Ron Artest, a healthy and lighter Andrew Bynum-- the Lakers are better, stronger, faster. Watch out Western Conference!
But guess who's lurking in the bushes? If the Lakers are going to win a 16th championship, they may just have to rumble with their arch nemesis, the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics made a major statement last night in Cleveland, beating the Cavaliers, 95-89. When Shaquille O'Neal joined the Cavs in the off season, he was asked, "Why Cleveland?" Shaq responded, "The king needs a ring", referring to LeBron James. I think someone forgot to tell Shaq, 1) he's 37 years old; 2) Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen & Co. are also attending this party.
Sorry king-- but I don't think Shaq is the tour guide who's going to take you to the promised land.
My NBA Finals prediction: Lakers 4 - Celtics 3.
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