There's no denying series' importance

Kobe Bryant says this Lakers-Celtics series isn't special, but we know better than that

Updated: June 1, 2010, 5:51 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

When Kobe Bryant was asked about playing the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals shortly after eliminating the Phoenix Suns, he shrugged his shoulders and said, "I didn't give a damn who we played; didn't matter to me."

It's an answer he routinely gives when asked about opponents or situations he doesn't want to admit he's thought about. He'll usually add an astronomical twist to drive home the point. When he opted out of his contract in 2004, he said, "I'll play anywhere. I'll play ...

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