Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant is currently enjoying his life off the court after deciding to retire last summer. During the NBA Playoffs 2017, Bryant keeps in touch with several NBA players, including Isaiah Thomas, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Gordon Hayward.
So far, only six NBA teams are left in the playoffs. The San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockers are currently battling in the Western Conference Semifinals while the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards face each other in the East. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are already waiting in the Conference Finals after sweeping their opponents in the first and second round. Most people expect both teams to reach the NBA Finals and face each other for the third straight season.
Kobe Bryant doesn’t see anything wrong with Cavs-GSW III
Some people finds the ongoing playoffs boring after seeing the Cavaliers and the Warriors easily defeating their opponents in their respective conferences. Even before the start the season, the Cavs-Warriors 3 became easy to predict mainly because of their loaded rosters. However, Kobe Bryant doesn’t see anything negative if the Cavaliers and the Warriors face again in the NBA Finals.
“Why is that bad for basketball? That makes no sense,” Bryant told Jackie McMullan of ESPN. “Just because it’s preordained that’s a bad thing? I know I’m going to wake up in the morning. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think it is.”
Bryant believes it is unfair for the Cavaliers and the Warriors to be criticized for easily reaching the conference finals. “The Mamba” and the Lakers were in the same situation when they dominated the Western Conference for three consecutive seasons.
Coach Tyronn Lue supports Kobe Bryant’s opinion
Coach Tyronn Lue shared the same sentiment as former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant regarding the potential third straight Cavaliers-Warriors matchup in the NBA Finals. Lue supported the idea that the Cavaliers and the Warriors are rival teams and compared them to the Lakers-Celtics rivalry.
“Is it a problem? I don’t think so,” Lue said Wednesday, according to ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin. “I think a lot of people wanted to see Boston and the Lakers back in the day. I think nowadays, a lot of people want to see Golden State-Cavs. And it’s not a problem. Right now, it’s two of the teams playing some of the best basketball right now.”
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