Check out this video from the LA Times where Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, coach Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher voice their respect for the San Antonio Spurs before their meeting this past Thursday.
Bryant speaks on his respect on the Spurs, Jackson actually doesn't make snide comments about San Antonio and gives respect to Spurs' coach Gregg Popovich, Fisher says the Spurs are the best in the NBA, and all three say much more about the Spurs.
Great respect from the Lakers. These two teams are above the rest of the NBA in the last decade so they both earned respect from each other. I don't really like the Lakers but they got my respect.
I also respect the Lakers they are not as arrogant as Boston and Kobe has been nice lately personality wise. But I love it when we beat them.