MATTHEW Wright couldn't pass up the opportunity to give some ribbing to Marcio Lassiter as he made his Gilas Pilipinas return on Thursday.
"You know it," he said with a grin.
How could he, especially with how the Toronto Raptors bested the Golden State Warriors in six games to win the 2019 NBA championship.
"It was the first thing that I said to him when I saw him. He was already smiling when he saw me. He was expecting it," said the Fil-Canadian gunner, a Toronto native, making sure that his Bay Area comrade knew whose team came out on top.
Kawhi Leonard brought the title to the Raptors with a 114-110 Game Six conquest, marking the first time the NBA crown has won by a team outside of the United States.
But Wright shared that it wasn't the first time he and Lassiter pitted their teams against each other.
"I think we even made a little bit of a bet. I think Raptors beat them in the regular season," said the Phoenix sniper.
Toronto took both of the regular season meetings against Golden State, winning 131-128 in overtime back in November 29 and 113-93 in December 12.
Wright continued: "I told him that’s a preview of the Finals and he said, 'All right, we’ll see who wins in the Finals when it counts.'"
It turns out, he was indeed right all along.
Wright did acknowledge that his Raptors got a bit of a break with Kevin Durant playing hobbled and ultimately tearing his Achilles in Game Five, as well as Klay Thompson injuring his ACL in Game Six.
"Raptors got luck. We got a little bit lucky with the injuries," he said.
But being a good sport, Lassiter also knows that those things are part of the game, reflecting on the 2015 NBA title where the Warriors won over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"(Lassiter) said that, 'We got lucky, too, when Cleveland, when LeBron (James) and Kyrie (Irving) got injured in 2015.' So he’s like, 'Yeah, I guess we owe you guys one.'"