The ‘Classic’ Matchup

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: May 13, 2010

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — It would be a sportswriter’s “wet dream.”

Kobe vs. LeBron in the NBA Finals.

Now, I am about to hyperventilate. Because it would be like Ali vs. Frazier. Jay-Z vs. NAS. Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader.

I know, NBA Commissioner David Stern must be smiling ear to ear just thinking about how much revenue could be generated for the NBA nationally as well as internationally from this potential classic matchup.

Consider the fact that the Celtics-Cavaliers Game 1 matchup drew 3.2 million viewers on TNT and Game 1 between the Lakers against the Jazz drew 4.7 million on ABC, it is safe to say that a NBA Finals with Kobe and LeBron would probably be the most watched NBA Finals in the history of the NBA.

Honestly, who wouldn’t want to watch the two best basketball players on the planet go one-on-one in a potential seven game series?

Can you imagine how electrifying this series could be?

This epic battle between Kobe vs. LeBron also would bring out all the movie stars, hip-hoppers, politicians and NBA legends.

Jordan would be there. Magic would be there. Dr.J would be there. Larry Bird would be there.

Obama would be there. Spike would be there. Hell, even Allen Iverson wouldn’t mind sitting on the bench to see this one.

But sadly the thought of a Kobe-LeBron showdown is still only a dream, because currently both of these superstars are dealing with some nagging injuries.

For instance, Bryant is playing “literally” with nine fingers, a bad back, and an aching ankle while Lebron is suffering a bruised elbow.B

Despite the injuries, however King James, who was recently named the league’s MVP for the second year in a row is averaging 30 points per game while shooting 55% from the field and handing out eight assists during the 2010 NBA playoffs.

Kobe, on the other hand, is averaging 24.6 points per game during the playoffs while trying to win his fifth NBA championship ring.

This final fantasy between LeBron versus Kobe could become a reality but King James and the Cavaliers must first get pass the Boston Celtics while the Lakers and Kobe must defeat the Utah Jazz before advancing to the Eastern and Western Conference Finals.

But until then, I’ll keep on dreaming….