Former Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has some thoughts about LeBron and the current Lakers team.
KCP is now playing for the Nuggets who are facing the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, as the series heads into its second game on Thursday.
Three years ago, LeBron, Anthony Davis and Caldwell-Pope won a championship for the Purple and Gold.
“They’re my brothers, man,” Caldwell-Pope told FOX Sports. “At the end of the day, we’re brothers off this court. But right now, on the court, in this series, we’ll save that brotherly stuff until after the series.”
When asked if Caldwell-Pope thinks the 2020 championship team or the current Lakers is better, he didn’t hesitate with his answer.
“Ooooh, I’m going with us. For sure,” KCP said.
The Denver shooting guard was vital in helping the Nuggets to a 132-126 win in Game 1, finishing the night with 21 points on 9-17 shooting, two rebounds, three assists and two steals.
In October, KCP commented on the state of the Lakers when they were down bad, particularly LeBron and told Dave McMenamin of ESPN: “I don’t think I see that spark in Bron.”
But when asked about it this week, Caldwell-Pope had a change of tune and explained that he’s seen a big difference in four-time MVP Finals LeBron.
“He’s gotten it back,” Caldwell-Pope said. “I feel like it happened after the trade deadline. Just seeing them guys play, I watched pretty much every game. He’s just relentless. Just seeing him continuing to do what he’s doing at his age and the years that he’s been in the league, it’s truly amazing.”
This postseason, KCP is averaging 10.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting from the field, 39.1 percent shooting from three, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals a game.
He will be key to the Nuggets offense vs Lakers as they try and take a 2-0 lead on Thursday, May 18 at 5:30PM PDT at Ball Arena.