Stephen A Smith claimed he is most excited to see LeBron James and the Lakers face the Clippers with Kawhi and Paul George.

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"I Need to See You Show Up Against the Clippers”- Stephen A Smith wants LeBron James and the Lakers to show what they are made up of against their neighbors 4

The NBA released the schedule for the next season recently. It has excited people for big matchups that will take place throughout the season between the best teams.

Stephen A Smith was asked about the matchup he was looking forward to the most. His reply was that he wants to see the Los Angeles Lakers with LeBron James face the Los Angeles Clippers with Kawhi Leonard back.

Stephen A Smith said,I Find Myself Interested in the Clippers Lakers Because if the Lakers Are Going to Show Us Any Indication That Last Year Was an Aberration That They Can Have Legitimate Championship Expectations That the Greatness of Lebron James and Anthony Davis Is Going to Be What You Need to Propel You to the Heights Once We Once Visited a Couple of Years Ago in a Bubble Then Guess What I Need to See You Show Up Against the Clippers.”

Stephen A Smith basically wants to see if the Lakers are truly contenders or not. Facing the Clippers will give an indication of where LeBron James and the Lakers stand in terms of contention.

LeBron James and the Lakers have had a poor record against the Clippers

Since the arrival of LeBron James in LA, their record against the Clippers hasn’t been good. It is why Stephen A Smith wants to see how the Lakers will perform against the Clippers.

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SAS added, “They Beat You About Seven Straight Times 32 of the Last 39 Times. We’re Finally Expecting Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to Be Healthy Together, and by the way the Los Angeles Clippers With the Pickup of John Wall and With a Healthy Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, I Feel Are the Number One Threat to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference but First I Want to See What the Lakers Are Going to Do Against Them.”

The Clippers certainly will be a tough matchup for the Lakers. They have one of the best rosters in the league, while the Lakers are still struggling to surround good players around LeBron to contend for a championship.

Kawhi Leonard will be making his return in the upcoming season

After rupturing his ACL in the playoffs against the Utah Jazz in the 2020/2021 season, Kawhi Leonard will be making his return to the league.

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"I Need to See You Show Up Against the Clippers”- Stephen A Smith wants LeBron James and the Lakers to show what they are made up of against their neighbors 5

He will be fully healthy by the time the new season resumes, and the Clippers will be one of the favorites to win it all due to his return. Kawhi had missed the entirety of last season due to the ACL injury, and he will be hungrier than ever.

Kawhi wants to win a championship with the LA Clippers, and this is his best opportunity. They have a great roster, and if they can stay healthy, they sure can leapfrog everyone in the upcoming season.

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