There is something special about anytime the Lakers play the Kings. Regular season or playoffs. Even a preseason game is still a rivalry. That’s because it’s not just Lakers vs. Kings. It’s Southern California vs. Northern California. It’s the state capital vs. the largest city. It’s Silicon Valley vs. Hollywood. It’s Sutter’s Fort vs. Olvera Street.
Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Lakers went for the 2-point shot to send the game into overtime. A miss, a bobble and Vlade Divac tips it away from the basket and into the hands of a waiting Robert Horry. And time has proven that the Kings organization has never been the same since.