Friday, April 17, 2009

NBA Playoffs = Kobe vs Lebron

Only two words matter in this year's NBA playoffs: Kobe and Lebron. It would take something magical for anything other than a Lakers vs Cavaliers Finals. With Boston out of the picture due to the loss of Kevin Garnett, and everybody in the West out due to lack of talent, the road is paved for a Cleveland/L.A. championship. So, what the hell are we supposed to watch until then?

There is absolutely nothing to look forward to this year. Maybe the Cavs/Celts series (if there is one) will be entertaining, but that's purely from a "what is going to happen?" standpoint. The reality points to something more like a five game series not has little to no drama at all.

So we must all wait for what we really want; the MVP race really determined on the court, the changing of the guard theme, the last chance for Cleveland to hold on to James, etc. It's just all to perfect. Much better than the weak attempt at dusting off the Lakers/Celtics rivalry, which hasn't really existed in decades. And anything is better than a Spurs/Team X series.

The thing I'm looking forward to the most is how the loser in the MVP race shows up. Will Kobe be pissed that everyone is crowning King James while he's still the best player in the NBA? Or will LeBron feel slighted that he hasn't been crowned anything yet, even if he's averaging nearly a triple-double? This is what intrigues me. It's almost as if whoever wins the MVP will be at a disadvantage.

This is what the 2009 NBA playoffs has to offer, and nothing more. The wait will be long, but there's a good chance that this time, it will be worth it.


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