At a time when everybody else is counting the Lakers out, you can always rely on Metta World Peace to say the exact opposite, even if he is now a member of the Knicks.
The former small forward for the purple and gold told ESPN today that he expects the Lakers to make it to the NBA Finals in June:
[pullquote]Knicks forward Metta World Peace expects his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, to play for the right to hoist the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy this season.
“I think the Lakers are going to go to the NBA Finals,” World Peace said during a signing for his children’s book “Metta’s Bedtime Stories” in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday.
“I think Kobe [Bryant’s] gonna be healthy, they’re gonna get Pau [Gasol]. The Lakers are gonna make a big trade like they always do. They’re gonna get another good player, boom, boom, and they’re gonna go to the Finals. I believe it. Kobe’s gonna come back, he’s gonna play team ball, and Pau’s gonna play well.”[/pullquote]
Now, keep in mind that MWP also predicted last season that the Lakers would go 73-9, but this is still probably a nice thing for Laker fans to hear at a time when the majority of the NBA world are expecting the purple and gold to just squeeze into the playoffs or end up in the lottery.
Nevertheless – at least hypothetically – a Finals series between the Lakers and Knicks would be pretty awesome…