Posted by Fran Blinebury
PHOENIX – Kobe Bryant doesn’t care. Uh-uh.
Lakers vs. Celtics. Who gives a flip? Kobe would just as soon play the Nets or the Wizards or Sixers for all the difference it makes to him.
“I didn’t give a damn who we played,” Bryant said. “Didn’t matter to me.”
West vs. Russell, Bird vs. Magic, McHale vs. Rambis, East Coast vs. West Coast. He doesn’t give it a second thought.
Remember this is the guy who came into the Western Conference saying he wanted to get back at the Suns for knocking the Lakers out of the playoffs in the first round in 2006 and 2007. That is, a Lakers team that went to war with Kwame Brown and Smush Parker.
Kobe isn’t thinking at all about losing to Boston in the Finals in 2008. He won’t fuel himself with memories of the Celtics dancing and celebrating on their parquet floor while the Lakers looked on helplessly.
He won’t be out for revenge, finding an injustice around every corner, seeking blood.
At least not until the tip-off of Game 1.