Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, certainly has a rooting interest when it comes to this year’s NBA Finals, which again features the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.
Golden State beat the Cavs in six games a year ago, but Kelce is hoping for the best for the Cavs.
“As a Cleveland fan, you can’t put too much hope in there,” Kelce said. “You can just kind of pray that we (pull) it out in six games, when we actually play the sixth game in Cleveland.”
Kelce said he went to two games in the Eastern Conference Finals against Toronto, and might try to go to this year’s NBA Finals, when the Cavs again square off against the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
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“I’m an overall basketball fan,” Kelce said. “I love Cleveland to death, and I love the Cavs, and I’ve been to a couple playoff games already, but it’s one of those things where I enjoy the game more than who actually wins it.”
When told that he speaking like a true Cleveland fan — the city’s fans have endured a tremendous amount of sports heartbreak over the years — Kelce laughed.
“I’m telling you,” Kelce said, “I’ve got this thing down pat.”
Receiver Jeremy Maclin returned to practice on Tuesday. He left the Chiefs’ previous practice, on Thursday, with what Chiefs head coach Andy Reid called a minor ankle injury.
Chiefs defensive tackle Jaye Howard, 27, was excused from practice on Tuesday for what a team spokesman called “personal reasons.” Howard signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Chiefs this offseason.