See that's the thing, yall are rivals for sure. In city rivals. How about this, on 2k, any time i played against the Lakers, it counted as a key game. My player was on Houston. It's like everybody knows it, except for Lakers fans lol.
Still, not our real rivals. Never met in the playoffs and Laker fans don't get hyped over the games, I don't know how Clipper fans feel. Same with Lakers-Rockets games, I don't get hyped. I get hyped over Lakers-Celtics, Lakers-Suns and Lakers-Spurs.
but the last time they played eachother in the post season was pretty intense/heated. still not enough to warrant a rivalry. Any sane laker fan is happy dwights gone and shouldnt be warranting bad "juju" to the rockets and their fans.
Nothing but Kobestans butthurt over Dwight. For there to be a legit rivalry right now both have to be contenders. Lakers have fallen off hard. Not only will they not be legit contenders, they have nothing but old guys and have to rebuild. Even if they find a way to get Kobe and Pau to take less this next free agency year for them both, who can they recruit? Lakers keep hanging onto the old and past, it's destroying their future for years to come.
Show all the bloody battier pics you want, Battier is a heat now and will probably retire one. Not just the players, their history with each other is not that deep. They really haven't had to face each other in deep runs at the title.