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LeBron James Has Honest Comment About "Rivalry" With Clippers

LeBron James sits on the bench during a preseason game.

SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on before the match against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)

On Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Clippers hosted the Los Angeles Lakers in the first NBA game of the season for both teams.

Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and others made their debuts for their new teams and showed why they were huge off-season additions.

Leonard poured in 20 first-half points before ending the game with 30. Davis starred in his Lakers debut with 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists on the night.

New addition Danny Green led the Lakers in scoring with 28 points on 7-of-9 shooting from three-point land.

Despite all of the new additions, it was LeBron James who stole the headlines - after the game. Reporters asked LeBron about a budding rivalry with the Clippers, a comment James quickly shut down.

He made it clear there's no rivalry yet as both teams are still figuring out who they are at this point in the season.

"It’s the first game," LeBron said. "The NBA is back so everyone wants to have the narrative of a rivalry game and a huge test. Both teams are not who they want to be. ... It’s not a rivalry."

In the end, the Clippers walked out with a 112-102 win. We'll see these teams in action plenty over the course of the season.