Lakers, Celtics Ready For Game 1 of NBA FinalsPublished by Marcus Vanderberg on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 3:37 am.
With less than 24 hours before the start of the NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers held their final practice prior to Game 1 on Thursday night.
Both veteran teams were loose and looking forward to the series starting.
Here’s a recap of what guys from both sides had to say:
Ron Artest on playing with childhood friend Lamar Odom in the NBA Finals:
“We are in LA, playing for the number one organization in the league. Most championship appearances and stuff like that. Obviously the Celtics have more championships if I’m not mistaken but it’s amazing. Hopefully one day we can sit back and talk about it. It’s just amazing to think I’m in the championship with Lamar Odom. ”
Rasheed Wallace on being the underdog in the series:
Man, we have been the underdogs all year with ya’ll [the media]. It’s cool. That’s how we like it. I’m glad we are the underdogs. Everyone is saying Lakers sweep and Lakers in 5, Lakers in 6, I’m glad they are saying that. That’s cool.
Andrew Bynum on his knee injury:
The fluid came back over time. Well, I can do everything when it comes to a game situation. There’s nothing I can’t do physically. It’s just the pain level but come game time, all of that stuff goes out the window.
Derek Fisher on the feeling the night before the NBA Finals:
You don’t how this feels until you get here even though we have been here for three straight years. It’s not until you walk in sometimes and you see everything going up and the Finals signs when you really start getting that feeling that it’s finally here. Naturally there will be some anxiety tomorrow when the game approaches but right now I’m just excited to be here and very, very fortunate to have this opportunity.