Patrick Beverley says the Clippers are better than the Lakers

Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

With 43 nationally televised games next season the Los Angeles Lakers will be the most watched team in the NBA.

The addition of LeBron James has added an enormous level of intrigue to the historic franchise and all eyes will be on them next year.

For a team that hasn't made the playoffs in the last five campaigns, it's surprising that they'll have the highest number of live games, but that's the power of LeBron and Los Angeles.

When you combine the best player in the league with the NBA's most glamorous market, it'll generate a huge amount of interest. They'll be must-watch TV.

Taking back their crown

With the purple and gold returning to relevance, it'll see their L.A. neighbours, the Clippers, fade into the shadows.

That's despite performing better than the Lakers for several years and being the best team in the city.

But Clippers guard Patrick Beverley isn't fazed by the arrival of James and believes they're still better than their rivals.

He believes that the entire makeup of the Clippers, from the front office down to the players, makes them the best in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

“I am just fortunate to be at such a great ball club with a great coaching staff, great management, a great owner, great teammates to be able to perform for you guys every single night," Beverley said, per Tom Azarly of ClutchPoints.

"We are the best team in L.A. I know Lawrence Frank didn’t give you guys exactly what you wanted to hear but I’ll tell y’all right now, we are the best team in L.A. for sure.

"We are going to give our best effort every night and we are making the playoffs. The makeup of our team, the depth of our team, we are fortunate to be playing for a great city like L.A.”

The 30-year-old is a tough competitor and always plays with a winning mentality so his comments come as no surprise.

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Even though the Lakers have LBJ in their ranks, it's still difficult to predict how good they'll be next year so Beverley's views don't sound too crazy at this stage.

The curiosity of how the four-time MVP will mesh alongside the likes of Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo and Michael Beasley is one of the reasons why they've been given so many televised games.

It could be entertaining or disastrous and that's what we're all waiting to find out.

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