Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Upset Garnett, Pierce Were Traded Reviewed by Momizat on . There may be no greater rivalry in the NBA than the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. The two franchises have the most titles in the league and have ha There may be no greater rivalry in the NBA than the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. The two franchises have the most titles in the league and have ha Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Upset Garnett, Pierce Were Traded

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kbppkgThere may be no greater rivalry in the NBA than the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. The two franchises have the most titles in the league and have had many head-to-head battles in the regular season and in the NBA Finals.

The latest installment of the rivalry came back in the 2008 and 2010 when the teams faced off in the finals, with each team taking a championship. A chance for a third matchup could take a while as both teams will struggle to even reach the postseason this year. The Lakers struggles are tied to injuries, especially star shooting guard Kobe Bryant, while the Celtics difficulties come with the loss of players in a blockbuster trade this past off-season. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were traded to the Brooklyn Nets back in July.

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, Laker guard Kobe Bryant shared his feelings about the trade:

Absolutely, he said recently after a Lakers practice that went on without him and his fractured left knee. It was tough to see that happen. I mean, going against Paul and KG, Lakers-Celtics? That’s good basketball.

Bryant went on to say that the 2010 Finals against the Celtics was his favorite because of the competition. It took the Lakers seven games to win the title after falling to the Celtics just two seasons prior. The 35-year-old also added that he loves going to Boston to play and said the fans are “incredible”. Bryant admitted that the rivalry had lost some competitiveness before 2008 because the Celtics were in the midst of some tough seasons; however, once Garnett and Ray Allen were acquired, the rivalry was back to its’ competitive ways.

Out with an injury, Bryant will have to watch tonight’s game from the sidelines and will see a much different Celtics team out on the court, as well as a much different Laker team.

H/T to SlamOnline.com
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    LeBron James delivered a birthday message to teammate Dwyane Wade on Friday.

    Wade awoke Friday to an Instagram post from James that included an extensive collage of photos of the two together that were taken on and off the court over various stages of their careers.

    James, Wade and Chris Bosh are all eligible to become free agents this offseason.

    “I came to Miami for 2 reasons. To play with U and to win championships and I can’t thank you u enough for the sacrifice you’ve made since I arrived homie!” James wrote in part of the birthday message to Wade. “No matter what happens in the future we stuck together like brothers for life.”

    PER Michael Wallace

    So is he hinting he is leaving Miami and heading to the Lakers.I sure hope so and if so the Lakers need to do this next season.Hire back Phil Jackson and bring in some other Heat players to make LeBron James comfortable,the Lakers did the same thing for Shaq when they got him also bringing him his old Orlando teammate Brian Shaw.
    Yes if LeBron James is coming to the Lakers lets do it big.

    The15 Players that Lakers Need Next Season.

    PG Mario Chalmers,Kendall Marshall,Jordan Farmar
    SG Kobe Bryant,Nick Young,Manny Harris
    SF LeBron James,Wes Johnson,Xavier Henry
    PF Udonis Haslem,Jordan Hill,Jason Smith
    C Joel Embiid,Birdman Chris Andersen,Matt Bonner

    • lakers_824

      ewww chalmers udonis lebron, birdman in laker jerseys…i would never take any of those guys

    • Paytc

      If they put that together the Lakers would win the next 4 NBA titles. The NBA commissioner already made it clear he wasn’t in favor of Kobe winning that many titles. So if that would happen it would have to wait until Kobe retires ,or hate is eliminated from high places. Fat chance on either.
      But I’m still rolling with Kobe and the Lakers.

      Go Kobe! Go Lakers !

    • ra

      Interesting comment from LBJ. So, another take on it is that in case they ‘don’t win any more championships’, LeBron is still good with DWade. That’s if he (LBJ) decides to stay with the Heat. I suspect that he doesn’t want to just ‘play’ in the NBA, but does want to win Championships, so if the Heat don’t win this year, he could be on his way out.

      If they win this year, he may give it another go, but he could actually be on any team, and still be the ‘one man show’.

      This is a turning point for LBJ. If he wants to take an ‘interesting’ change in his career, it would be good for him to come to LA, and then he would def. have a good chance for multiple championships. LA’s new philosophy might actually work for LBJ at this juncture. Instead of surrounding him with ‘on the verge of retiring’ players like Allen, Birdman, etc., they would surround LBJ with ‘whomever fits in the system which would optimize LBJ’s style of play’, period.

      I will also go on record as saying that LBJ might want to see what it’s like to play with Kobe. He gave DWade a try, and yes, it did work out well (too bad for DWade, taking second fiddle and on a clear downturn). But being on the same team with Kobe for a couple seasons would be like being on Team USA for a bit.

      LeBron already played the ‘one man team’ bit with the Cavs, so I don’t know if he would want to repeat that. Lakers are a ‘clear choice’ if LBJ wants to get into the third phase of his career (which is happening now).

  • johnny

    Wish you were next Kobe!

    • Paytc

      Me too ! That is next to win another NBA championship. Against all odds, and all talentless haters,doubters,naysayers,critics,busters, and losers.

      Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

  • Laker4vida

    Laker need Phil Jackson nvr was of a fan of d antoni he completely forgets the one side that wins games/championships!! defense!!! we want Phil!!!!!!!!!!

    • Dragon7s

      Please, just stop with the ‘Phil’ chants already…it’s 2014!

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