Klay Thompson believes the Golden State Warriors' rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers will be "intense."
Los Angeles and Golden State are ready to conclude the preseason with two clashes this week.
Those competitions will be the first time the Warriors have faced the Lakers since LA signed the star LeBron James with a four-year contract and $ 153.3 million in the offseason.
"I think it's very good," Thompson told ESPN about James joining the Lakers. ] "I do not think you would have guessed it when he was with the Cavs when he started his rookie season, but he's adding a lot of interest in the league."
The Warriors faced James' Cleveland Cavaliers in the final four of the NBA Finals.
But, this will be the first time I'm in the same conference as the two defending champions.
"We've seen him, he's always been on the top of the East during the Finals," Thompson said. "And those games are always intense, I hope it improves the Lakers a lot and obviously they have a lot of players that are already tested.
" I just hope it's intense. Whenever you play against the best player in the world, no matter what sport, you want to measure yourself against him. So you play as hard as you can … it will not be different when we play with the Lakers. "
The Warriors and the Lakers will play the first of their two preseason games on Wednesday.