Netease Sports reported on October 14:
This year, he finally won the championship and won a lot of praise, but in the eyes of LeBron's former teammates, this Lakers is not as good as the Cavaliers who won in 2016.
On Tuesday, local time, Shumpert, a former Cavaliers player and one of the 2016 championship members, was interviewed. He believed that their Cavaliers were stronger than this year's Lakers, and they could pass 5 games in the Finals 4- 1 Defeat the opponent.
He admitted that the Lakers' veteran guard Rondo this year is very old and can defend Irvine, the former guard. "Rondo can defend, but we won't take much effort. We will still beat them."
What's interesting is that both teams have JR Smith, but Shumpert thinks JR is not what it used to be. "Back then, we had the JR who can really shoot, but now, they don't want to use him. I understand this arrangement. He is old, he hasn't played for a year before. I fully understand this idea, but JR is JR and he is still capable."
In 2016, the Cavaliers created a myth. They faced the Warriors with the most 73 wins in history in the finals. They fell behind 1-3 at one time and finally made a big comeback, becoming the first team in history to reverse the score.
However, this year's Lakers have the same leader LeBron as the Cavaliers, and Davis, who is at the peak. The two teams really have to compete across time and space, and the outcome is not easy to say.