I Know Everything - Chapter 521
Chapter 521: Hurry up and come!
Normally at the end of March, it was the stage where an NBA team goes to full steam mode.
From this now on, the remaining ten games could decide for some team whether they would be in the top 8 in the Western or Eastern Conference and thus qualify for the playoffs.
Although many NBA players started to play badly after getting a big contract, the playoffs were still a glorious occasion for countless NBA players.
Because there was the championship trophy and the championship ring.
As long as they had any ambition in their career, a ring was what they should strive for.
Whether a player could be called a superstar or not, often depended on whether they had a ring or not.
Superstars like Barkley, who never won a ring, were few in between.
To put it even more bluntly, the ability to get a ring also decides whether a player would get a big contract or not.
If they didn’t have a ring, they probably couldn’t ask the team to give you a contract worth tens of millions per year.
The situation this year was the same as before, some teams already secured their spot, others desperately fighting for a spot, while others were already planning for vacations.
The Los Angeles Lakers in the past two years were planning for vacations.
But it was different this year as the Lakers secured their spot at the end of March when there were six games to play.
This result wasn’t jaw dropping to the NBA experts.
Because this was something expected from the Lakers performance and results this year.
The Lakers had been pushing forward fiercely since the beginning of the season. In February after 52 games, they actually ranked second in the Western Conference and third in the league, only behind to the Cavaliers and the Warriors.
Then the Lakers had 58 wins after 76 games and ranked third in the West while sixth in the league.
The eighth in the Western Conference was the Memphis Grizzlies who had 38 wins and 38 losses.
Even the fourth place Oklahoma City Thunder had only 51 wins and 25 losses.
So it meant that even if the fourth place Thunder won all their remaining 6 games, they would only be 57 wins.
The Lakers would still be third even if they didn’t win their remaining games.
The Spurs in second place had 63 wins so it was too late for the Lakers to catch up with such a big gap.
But the reason they achieved these results was due to a lot of reasons.
The Warriors this year was really too fierce as they won 69 games and lost 7 games with 6 games remaining.
With three more wins, they could break the regular season record of 72 wins and 10 losses set by Jordan and the Bulls.
This was a very big event and opportunity.
They would still be the first in the league even if they didn’t break the record.
If the Lakers couldn’t get the second or third place, they would probably meet the Warriors in the first round or second round in the playoffs.
This would be very detrimental to the Lakers.
So they played very hard in order to not to fall due to those reasons.
They were out of the danger zone now and would at most meet the second place San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Compared to the Golden State Warriors, the veterans from the spurs were a much more favorable opponent.
Besides, Kobe and Iverson believed that Chen Huan would have already come at that moment and would have already played four or five games in the playoffs to adapt so it wouldn’t be a problem for them to eliminate the Spurs.
As for whether they could eliminate the Warriors, it would depend on their state and luck.
With Chen Huan, and the three of them together, there was certainly a chance for them to win.
According to the NBA schedule, the Los Angeles Lakers would play their opponent on April 16th.
Although their opposition wasn’t decided yet, Kobe and Iverson kept calling Chen Huan one after another to come to the US as soon as possible so they could train as a team.
Speaking of which, NBA schedules were really unreasonable.
They had only two days off after their last regular season game on April 13th, which was completely different from the UEFA Champion League.
But the NBA was famous for having many games and even if they didn’t hurry up, the players wouldn’t have that much time to rest either.
If they competed and trained all year round, could the players handle it?
So there was no alternative.
It was also impossible for Chen Huan to go that early.
The students on his side were going on their last sprint before the college entrance exams.
If he left in April, he would be gone for at least two months.
The college entrance exams would already be done by the time he came back.
Fortunately, Chen Huan already took this into account a long time ago so since the Spring Festival, he adjusted his schedule and made the appropriate quick tests plans.
It increased the frequency of them taking tests to test their knowledge.
But even so, Chen Huan had to go to the US on April 10th at the latest.
Three or five days of team training was enough for who now got the ‘Professional Basketball (Advanced)’ and Strengthening Muscles and Bones (Intermediate).
If it weren’t for the fact that he had to make the decoction also for Kobe and Iverson, he would have gone there on the 13th.
Actually, the Lakers didn’t feel positive about this.
They just regarded this as satisfying Kobe’s small wish and the guaranteed 1 million dollars contract was nothing to them.
Even if Chen Huan took a spot out of the 15 spots in the team, the team usually didn’t even use their 15 spots.
They would just sign a player to a temporary contract if they were good enough.
However, they never signed anyone temporarily during the entire season.
So in the entire Lakers’ team, only Kobe and Iverson were looking forward to Chen Huan’s arrival while the other players already forgot they had a teammate like that.
They even felt that Chen Huan would probably not come for the playoffs.
Chen Huan couldn’t handle being looked down upon by so many people but the Good Lord certainly couldn’t bear with it.
“The system noticed that many people were doubting and looking down upon the host’s ability to play basketball.”
“As the host who inherited great skills from the system, the host must strike back with vigor!”
“When the host participates in the training game, you must thoroughly beat them so they can truthfully help the host win in the real competition.”
“If the mission is successfully accomplished, the system will give out a little gift. Give your best, young man!”
Chen Huan wanted to laugh when he saw the mission.
His current ability was akin to the level of ‘Professional Basketball (Legend)’.
He planned to stand out right at the beginning when he joined the team.
Otherwise, how could he put them in awe and have them form a good teamwork?
But the Good Lord and him were like minded, this was like a free gift!
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