LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 5: LA Lakers forward Anthony Davis, during the preseason on October 5, 2019 at Oakland Arena in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press
For five years the NBA Finals have returned to the same spot, the longest run ever in one Western Conference location.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis want to bring them back to Los Angeles.
So do Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
With the Warriors weakened and powerhouse pairs popping up all over the place, the 2019-20 NBA season, unlike many in recent years, is a suspense story.
Both L.A. teams will try to give it a Hollywood ending.
When a whirlwind of player movement was finished, the real winner, as James noted, was Staples Center, which is now home to two title contenders in the Lakers (the way it used to be) and Clippers (the way it’s never been.)
“I agree with what Bron said,” George said. “The Staples Center is where you want to be with the team we got and with the team they have.”
The finals’ Western Conference headquarters had moved north in recent years, with Golden State building a dynasty in the Bay Area. But Kevin Durant is gone, Klay Thompson is injured, and even Stephen Curry’s sharpest shooting might not be able to keep the run going