ORLANDO: Former NBA player Muggsy Bogues is backing LA Lakers to beat Miami Heat and win the 2020 NBA Finals to be played on Wednesday.
"They are a Championship pedigree organisation and they have LeBron (James) with AD (Anthony Davis) on his side so their (Lakers') chances are high. Miami will give them a fight, but I can't see them overcoming the Lakers," Bogues said while speaking to Indian media as per an NBA release.
Bogues, though, doesn't entirely discount the Heat and feels they have the right ammunition going into the Finals. "I can't believe Miami only lost three games (in Playoffs). This is mind boggling. They've got a plan," he said. "Miami is hungry, the two young kids (Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro) know to shoot and there is Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler."
He reserved special praise for Butler, calling him a people's star. "Everybody loves the tenacity he brings, the relentlessness he brings. He has given a lot of trouble to LeBron throughout his career and he's not going to stop now," remarked Bogues. The former player also pointed that veteran Andre Iguodala also brings championship experience to the Heat. The 2015 NBA Finals MVP will be playing in his sixth consecutive NBA Finals, the previous five tickets he got with the Golden State Warriors. (IANS)