Kobe talks about the Celtics’ success.
CBSSports: For the Lakers, talking about the Celtics is taboo, to say the least. Andrew Bynum tried it, and Phil Jackson accused him of a brain — um — malfunction. Lakers fans chanted, “We want Boston!” during Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference finals at Staples Center, and Kobe Bryant chided them for being “disrespectful to the team that we’re playing.”
But discussing the Celtics’ surprising blitz though the postseason — evicting LeBron James from the second round and getting his coach fired, and now breezing to a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals? That’s fair game.
So Bryant was asked on the practice floor Monday how much Boston’s ruthless dismantling of the Magic has surprised him.
“Honestly? Zero,” Bryant said.
And the Cavs?
“I just thought it was great defense,” Bryant said. “I just wasn’t surprised by it. You give them a series to prepare, and they’re going to be prepared like you wouldn’t believe. They’re going to home in on things that you do and take those things away from you. And if you can’t make adjustments … throughout a series, you’re going to have problems.”