Could a Warriors-Lakers rivalry finally begin this season?

Over the last 20 years, the Warriors and Lakers are responsible for nine NBA championships. Yet, somehow, a true rivalry has never formed between these two in-state neighbors. The reason is simple: The two historic franchises have never been good at the same time. While Kobe Bryant and other stars such as Shaquille O’Neal and Pau Gasol led the Lakers to titles in the early 2000s, the Warriors toiled near the bottom of the league standings. But as the Warriors advanced to five-straight Finals from 2014 to 2019, the Lakers failed to finish better than .500, let alone make the playoffs for a pote…

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