Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Is a new chapter in store for this Cali rivalry?
When: Oct. 10, 10 p.m. ET
Venue: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nev.
Why To Watch
The MGM Grand Arena has hosted many heavyweights over the years, including Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
There was a time when the Kings and Lakers were fit to be considered among them. However, those days have long come and gone.
In fact, only Kobe Bryant remains from the two squads who battled in what was easily the NBA’s best rivalry back in the early 2000s.
After several years of mediocrity, Sacramento is looking to get back to the glory days. The franchise started by bringing in fresh management and a new head coach and re-signing DeMarcus Cousins long-term. Surprisingly, the Kings even brought in one of the biggest thorns in their side, former Laker Shaquille O’Neal.
Regardless, the team’s future actually doesn’t look bleak for once.
On the other side, Los Angeles is dealing with the loss of Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace over the summer. Furthermore, Bryant is still recovering from an Achilles injury that ended his 2012-13 season prematurely.
To put it bluntly, this team is akin to a runaway train. Whether it comes to a successful stop or crashes and burns, the Lakers will have an engaged audience.
This matchup should be no different.