Posted Jun 3 2010 4:14PM
Turner Sports asked various athletes and celebrities for their prediction on the NBA Finals, which begin Thursday night on ABC.
|Big Boi of Outkast:
because we've been bleeding green since 1986
|Evan Lysacek, Olympic Gold Medal Figure Skater and recent
Dancing With the Stars Contestant:
Lakers! They have Phil Jackson on their side from a mental standpoint. He is the best psychological coach because he's been in every situation at some point and knows what to do and say. From a physical standpoint the Lakers are the fittest team in the league. They have such wisdom in Gasol, Kobe, and Odom, but consistent younger players Bynum, Farmar. Hopefully they can pull all their strengths together.
The Lakers are going to win in 7 games because they have a zen effect.
|Mario Lopez, Host of EXTRA:
Lakers in 6
It's going to be a tough series, but team defense and team unity will prevail as will the Celtics...in 7.
|Jesse Williams, Grey's Anatomy:
Being born in Chicago and growing up a Bulls fan, I?ve always disliked Boston teams. But I'm loving the play from the point guard position in Boston and think Rondo can be that X-factor, on a team of streaky X-factors. If Boston's Big Three can take command of their respective responsibilities and approach 20pts a night they'll stay afloat, and Rondo can be the difference maker.
If LA can shake off some of the lethargy they've shown in the Western Conference and Artest and Odom play consistently on both ends, they've got a chance to win 3 games. But I don't see it: Boston in 6, as much as it pains me to say it.
|Tom Papa, Comedian/Host of The Marriage Ref:
The Lakers are looking for their 16th NBA championship, the Celtics looking for number 17. Lakers won last year, Celtics the year before. Lakers have the MVP, Celtics MVP teamwork. These two teams are monsters. Godzilla vs. King Kong, John vs. Kate, Hot Dogs vs. Hamburgers.
It's got to go seven. Godzilla never kills Kong in the first act.
At the end, only one team can be left standing and that will be: The Celtics.
How do I know? I don't, really, but I'm the Ref and I have the final say.
|Rainn Wilson, Star of the The Office: |
I predict the Knicks in 4. Oh, wait. I mean I predict the Lakers in 6 with Kobe winning series MVP. Why? I got to meet Kobe at the GQ Man of the Year Party. He beckoned me over, gave me a huge hug and said how much he loved The Office. The next day he sent me the EXACT same diamond ring he sent his wife. Eerie.
|Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals:
LA in 5.
|Ian Baker-Finch, TNT Golf analyst:
I think the Lakers will win in 6. Kobe is the best player in the Finals and the Lakers are such a great outside team. 4-2, Lakers.
|Ice Cube, Producer of TBS? Are We There Yet?:
|Common, Artist and Actor:
Celtics in 6 games
|Clyde Drexler, Hall of Famer, 10-time
NBA All-Star, Houston Rockets:
I would say Lakers in 6! Artest is a better more physical defender on Pierce, Kobe will now guard Ray Allen, and Garnett is not as effective offensively, as in 08'! Fisher has stepped up against Deron Williams, Nash, and Westbrook. I expect him to take the challenge against Rondo as well!
|Mo'Nique, Oscar Winner:
It's going to be a great series, but it's too close to call.
|Jon Glaser, creator and star of the
Adult Swim hit series Delocated!:
As a Pistons fan, I hate both teams. Seeing as I have a lot of friends from Boston, and their happiness is very important to me, and because Lakers fans? sadness is also very important to me, and because I also like Boston's jerseys better, I will go with Boston in 7. Added bonus for Lakers losing at home.
|David Anderson, Houston Texans:
My prediction is Lakers in 6. The Celtics are too old and the Lakers are a much bigger team.
|M-1 Global's Fedor Emelianenko, MMA Heavyweight Legend:
I enjoyed going to last year's NBA Finals in Los Angeles, meeting the players, and seeing the Lakers Win. The Lakers will win it once again in 7 games.
|Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland Raiders:
No one has been able to stop the Black Mamba yet. The rest of the team feeds off of his energy and I know he's going to bring his best. The Celtics are starting to show their age - they started to wear down against the Magic and are dealing with injuries. They're still a tough team and have a great coach, but not strong enough to beat, arguably, the greatest franchise in NBA history. PIck: Lakers
|Phillip Buchanon Washington Redskins:
Boston will win in six games because they are simply the better team this year.
|Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals:
I think the Celtics will win in six because Boston has enough size inside to handle the Lakers. The Lakers are pretty good this year so I think it will be tougher than in 2008.
|Josh Cribbs, Cleveland Browns:
I think Boston will win. With their experience, solid clutch players and a consistent Rondo they won't be denied this year. They already proved that one man can't top them and if The King and the Cavs couldn't do it, let's just say Kobe and the Lakers have their work cut out of from them.
|NFL star Ken Hamlin:
BOSTON all the way! They have the experience, the depth and most importantly RONDO.
|Bobby McCray, Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints:
The Lakers will win it all in Game 5 because of KOBE!!!
|Kellen Winslow, Jr, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
I know the Lakers will win because Kobe is getting his revenge. But I think it will go seven games.
|Damien Woody, New York Jets, Two-Time Super Bowl Champ:
My prediction is that the Lakers are going to take it this year. The Celtics are an older team and I think this is definitely going to be a grueling series. The Lakers youth will help them. Also, I think the Lakers learned a lot from the last time they played the Celtic's in the playoffs and they will use what they have learned to their advantage.
|Caron Butler, Two-Time NBA All-Star, Dallas Mavericks:
Lakers in 7. Going up against Kobe is just too hard.
|George Gervin, NBA Legend: |
The L.A. Lakers are my team. They will win in 7 games. Why, because a guy named 'KOBE.'
|Mark Jackson, Former NBA Great, The Finals on ABC analyst:
Lakers in 7.
|Kevin McHale, Three-time NBA Champion and NBA TV analyst:
Celtics in 7.
|Robert Horry, Seven-Time NBA Champion: strong>
Lakers in 6. Pau Gasol is playing at such a high level with that added to Kobe Bryant they will win Games 1,2,4 and 6.
|James Worthy, Hall of Famer, Three-Time NBA Champion, 1988 Finals
Lakers in 6.
|Dennis Eckersley, TBS MLB analyst:
I pick the Celtics in 6. They are the hottest team going in, and have good defense.
|Cal Ripken, TBS MLB analyst:
The Lakers in 7.
|Rick Barry, Hall of Famer, 1975 Finals MVP:
The difference in the series rests with Rondo and Kobe. If either one´s game is off, the other team will win the series in six or seven games.
|Heat on the Break|
Off the Suns turnover Dwyane Wade outlets to Mario Chalmers for the easy deuce.
DeAndre Jordan finishes with a two-handed reverse dunk off the Chris Paul pick-and-roll.
|Dieng's Strong Finish|
Gorgui Dieng with the contested two-handed flush from Ricky Rubio.
|Hawes to Jordan|
Spencer Hawes feeds DeAndre Jordan who throws down the one-handed jam.
|Curry to Bogut|
Andrew Bogut throws down the alley-oop from Stephen Curry.