Ice Cube thinks Lakers-Celtics rivalry could be revived with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving leading the way
L.A. native and BIG3 founder Ice Cube is one of the millions of Los Angeles Lakers supporters that can’t wait for LeBron James’ purple and gold debut. However, this is not the only thing the 49-year-old rapper is getting all giddy about, as the prospect of a renewed Lakers-Celtics rivalry — with former teammates LeBron and Kyrie Irving on the forefront — is something that appears to be on the horizon.
“I think it’s going to be cool just because Kyrie vs. LeBron is always going to bring some attention nowadays,” Ice Cube told Matt Juul of Metro USA. “It’s great because both of those great players are on storied franchises, so that’s going to be good.”
The last time these two highly-regarded franchises met in the NBA Finals was in 2010 when Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to a second straight NBA title — the fifth and final one of his career — against the likes of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
This was also the last time the Lakers won a title, and even Ice Cube himself understands that despite the addition of James, the club still has a ways to go before bringing home another championship. The Lakers are not even at the same level of the Celtics yet, with Boston already narrowly missing out on the Finals last year.
“I think the Lakers have a lot of work to do to get to where the Celtics seem like they’re already at,” added Ice Cube. “…But until the Lakers get into playoff contention, contending for a title like the Celtics are, then it’s going to be like ‘Come on, hurry up to the party.’ The Lakers have some work to do.”
The NBA should be releasing the 2018-19 schedule very soon, and a Lakers-Celtics matchup on opening night would be an excellent way to get things started.