The NBA-owned New Orleans Hornets block of the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers was followed, two days later, with CP3 heading to Los Angeles anyway. To the Clippers.
Those particular moves started a lot of talk, not just the conspiracy theory kind, but because the Purple & Gold got rid of Lamar Odom and the Clippers also added vets Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler and Reggie Evans to play alongside of Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin.
And while the exhibition on Monday night was just that, an exhibition game, it did show that the Clippers, who won 114-95, may have what it takes to be a contending team in the Western Conference.
Considering the depth that the Lakers lost and the depth the Clippers gained the City of Angeles may not be a one-basketball-team town anymore. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and company will definitely have to work at staying in the top spot.
The Clippers do have a lot to prove. Since moving to sunny Southern California 17 years ago they have advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs just once while the Lakers own 16 NBA titles, 2 in the last 3 years.
It definitely promises to be fun in Los Angeles basketball land this year.
Over For Now.
Main Street One