The 2022-2023 NBA season is fast approaching, training camp is about a month away. The Lakers will be looking to have a buyout year. After meeting zero expectations last season and firing head coach Frank Vogel and replacing him with new head coach Darvin Ham, the purple and gold are poised to qualify for title number 18.
Earlier this week, NBA Insider Marc Stein revealed that LA will be on the road against the Dallas Mavericks on Christmas Day and the Athletics Shams Charania bombed the season opener as the Lakers take on defending champions Golden. State Warriors in San Francisco.
Earlier today, Shams revealed who the Lakers will play in their second game of the season.
The “Battle of LA” will be back and better than ever. If all goes well, the dynamic duos of LeBron James and Anthony Davis will take on the defensive duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Both tandems battled injuries during their time in Los Angeles. Leonard missed all of last season with a torn ACL, and George missed some time last season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow.
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Lakers couple James and AD have also dealt with injuries, particularly Anthony Davis. Davis suffered wrist and foot injuries last season, which caused him to miss the majority of the season.
Hopefully we can put all of that behind us and have them all on the pitch.
This “rivalry” should be a must on television, as it was during the 2019-2020 season. The two Los Angeles teams went 2 games apart and gave us epic battles and trash talk between players and fans.
And this trash talk is still very much alive.
The Lakers will have a difficult start to the season.
We’ll see how the 17-time champions respond to the challenge.