For the first time ever, both L.A. teams have been named as top contenders for the 2020 NBA Championship. The league's re-vitalized rivalry features two of the best duos in the NBA, and expectations are soaring for the upcoming campaign.
And without a single game being played yet, one side has already thrown some shade at the other.
As part of a recent marketing scheme, Leonard has a commercial advertising his New Balance sneakers in which LA is declared “his city,” complete with subtle swings at "the King":
Of course, Bron was crowned as the King of the NBA and of the Lakers when he arrived a year ago. Kawhi's arrival obviously challenges that idea, and it's clear that he and his team plan to capitalize on it.
In the end, their play will do the talking.