L.A. Times: Kobe Bryant knew this would happen. No, really.
After the Denver Nuggets beat the Lakers back in February, he found Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony on the court and offered a prediction.
“I told ‘Melo, ‘I’ll see you in the Western Conference finals,’ ” Bryant said. “I just felt they had all the pieces there, they had the depth, they had the toughness, they had the camaraderie. It’s no surprise to me that they’re here.”
There’s always the chance Bryant said the same thing to Brandon Roy or Tim Duncan, but Denver and Anthony should be thrilled to even be mentioned in the same sentence as the Western finals.
The Nuggets haven’t been this far since 1985, but it’s true, their first game against the Lakers in the best-of-seven conference finals is tonight at Staples Center.
The series hasn’t even started, but the comparisons to the Lakers’ four-game sweep of the Nuggets in last season’s playoffs have already been studied and discarded.