In this city, it's inevitable that the Clippers will have to answer questions about the Lakers.
But, Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro maintained after practice Thursday, it's not something they have grown tired of doing.
After all, the Lakers have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most in the NBA.
"You have to look at the consistency and the history, and the Lakers have won a lot of championships," Del Negro said. "So there's lots expected there."
Del Negro said the Clippers have their own concerns.
"I spend time on, how do we get better as an organization? How do we put this team in an area of success?" Del Negro said. "I feel we're headed in the right direction, but there's still a lot of improvement, a lot of things we have to go through as a team, as an organization, to get there."
Friday night, the Lakers will host the Clippers at Staples Center in what figures to be a competitive game.
The Clippers won their season opener; the Lakers are 0-2.
After spending seven of his 13 years in the NBA with the Lakers, Lamar Odom will face his old team.
"Any game I play against my big brother, I want to win," said Odom, referring to Kobe Bryant. "I've learned that from him."