9. Who will win the Battle of L.A. (Clippers vs. Lakers)?
Who would've thought that Donald Sterling and the Clippers would ever start to outshine the Buss family and the Lakers? With a little help from David Stern, the Clippers landed CP3 just days after a deal to send Chris Paul to the Lakers was vetoed. With an aging Laker team, and young exciting players like Blake Griffin, CP3, and DeAndre Jordan making up the Lob City crew, many are thinking that this could be the year the Clips take over Los Angeles.
"Lakers. The Clippers are still ran by Donald Sterling and coached by Vinny Del Negro. They'll be exciting to watch, though!" —Angel Diaz
"The Clippers. For a second there, I thought the Kobe divorce was given a nickname." —Jose Martinez
"Lakers. CP3's a dope addition for the Clippers, and they'll definitely put more asses in the seats, but Donald Sterling will somehow screw this one up. The team, hookers, employees—dude screws everything. Literally." —Ralph Warner
"The Lakers. The Clips make some noise early, but in February, after the Lake Show falls to 3-17 and Don Serling asks Chris Paul to start driving him to the Staples Center, David Stern finally relents and "allows" the Lakers to obtain Paul and Blake Griffin from the Clippers for a game-worn Sasha Vujicic headband and a stuffed giraffe from the Santa Monica Pier." —Jack Erwin
"The Lake Show. Two or three games in and talks are already focusing on a crumbling Laker dynasty. Settle down, people! Seriously, it's been two games after a lockout and Andrew Bynum hasn't even played yet. Here is the one secret that nobody knows, though: The new CBA included a hidden clause allowing Phil Jackson to come back to coach at any point, and Mike Brown's already on the hot seat." —Tony Markovich