Former Los Angeles Lakers player and current Miami Heat assistant coach Bob McAdoo has been a member of the two teams many are picking to meet in the 2013 NBA Finals. The Heat defeated OKC 4-1 in the 2012 Finals and McAdoo remains unwavered in what he thinks of the Thunder.
Despite the Lakers acquiring point guard Steve Nash and center Dwight Howard during the offseason, McAdoo said he believes OKC remains the team to beat in the Western Conference.
McAdoo’s daughter, Rasheeda, played in the U.S. Junior Open tennis tournament, While watching her play, McAdoo spoke to the New York Post. “We got to get there but I still feel OKC is the team to beat in the West,’” said the Hall of Famer, who played for the Lakers from 1981-85. “Everyone’s talking about how they (the Lakers) got better, but I still think (OKC) is the team to beat. They’re still young and got experience of a championship series.”
Many have compared the game of three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant to a young McAdoo, who also won three straight scoring titles (1973-76). You can read McAdoo’s reaction in this story done by The Oklahoman‘s John Helsley during last year’s NBA Finals.