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May 18, 2009

NBA Playoffs: Will We See a Kobe/LeBron Final?

Kobe LeBron 2  There should be no political correctness during the playoffs and that’s the way it should remain.  Supporters should not hide their love for their favorite teams.  I understand players being diplomatic because they don’t want to provide fodder that will annoy, irritate or anger their opponents.  But I’m not a player so I don’t have to be genteel.  

I’m simply a fan who loves basketball and I want to see a Kobe/LeBron final.  I specifically didn’t say Kobe versus LeBron or LeBron versus Kobe. Simply a Kobe/LeBron final. I want to see a modern day gladiatorial style sports battle. 

No disrespect to the Magic or Nuggets but I hope Team Kobe and Team LeBron bounce you out of the way – quickly.

I am not completely delusional; I do know that both the LeBron Cavaliers and the Kobe Lakers face teams that could in fact maybe possibly beat them.

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Yes, the Denver Nuggets swept through their first two rounds and the Lakers had to go to a game 7 in their second round. But the Lakers are consummate warriors and I believe that they will come out to battle every night against the Nuggets.  I think their every-other-game lackadaisical play against Houston is a thing of the past and taught the Lakers a lesson about public perception and they now have something to prove so they will come out with crazed passion and fervor!

So, can the Nuggets get pass the Lakers who have home court advantage?

There is also the really, really far-flung possibility that Orlando might come out roaring and magically upset Cleveland’s chances of going to the finals buuut NOT so much.  I have heard from a not so reliable source that Team Magic is spending today in Church and lighting candles for St. Christopher, the patron saint of sports because in order to win this series Orlando will have to win at least two close games and win at least one game, maybe two, in Cleveland.  I don’t think that will happen.

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A Kobe/LeBron showdown between these two friends is what most of us want to see but our gifted athletes have to defeat some great teams to get to the finals, so go ahead and freely and unapologetically root for the Lakers or Cavaliers.  But as always the human factor will come into play: 

Which team will remain healthy?

Which team has the mental strength to put the living fear in their opponent? 

Which team is faster, stronger and wiser?

Watch the hilarious Nike commericals below:  🙂

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May 29, 2008

NBA Playoffs: Go Lakers!!!

I love the SPURS but I want the Lakers to win!

  The time has finally arrived for NBA MVP Kobe Bryant to rid himself of the label that he can’t win without Shaquille O’Neal by his side.

Bryant has the Los Angeles Lakers on the brink of their first NBA Finals since 2004 when they were slaughtered in five games by the Detroit Pistons – that was Shaq’s final season in Tinsel Town.

For the past several years, especially this year, Kobe Bryant has worked REALLY hard to change his image in a sincere and genuine way. He has done a lot of public service work and a series of good deeds for others. As a player his 81 point game, leading the league in scoring and the Lakers making the playoffs has redeemed him to most fans.

More evidence of his maturation might be found in his decision to change his player number from 8 to 24. The number 8 is the symbol of eternity, the time most teens think they are invincible.  One day at a time, or 24 (Kobe’s current number) hours, is how we usually learn that life is lived when we mature. It’s possible that is the reason Kobe changed his number, though he has said he does not plan to reveal why he selected 24.  

Kobe Bryant really should have been the MVP this year.  Yup, Phil Jackson has made a huge difference and he should get “Coach of the year,” but Kobe Bryant has done everything that a coach and a fan could ask for!

Go Lakers!

 

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