Get Ready For Kobe and Lebron

Jeremy LiebmanContributor IMay 13, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a jumper against LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game at Staples Center on January 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers defeated the Cavaliers 105-88.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The stage has been set. The media has decided.

People want to see Kobe vs. Lebron.

Everywhere you look, the two players are visible. Magic Johnson mentioned Kobe in an interview with Lebron. Vitamin water launched a commercial with the two stars. The matchup between the Cavs and Lakers is inevitable.

Let alone, both teams are the most talented in each of their respective conferences.

James has been nothing short of superb and the Cavs have rolled through their competition, winning each game by at least ten points. Yet, the Cavs will be tested against either Boston or Orlando in the Eastern Conference Finals.

But have no fear, for King James is here. Lebron has stated that he wants to play the Celtics in a local Cleveland newspaper, The Plain Dealer. James thrives to prove to his teammates, the Celtics, and the world that he is capable of guiding a team past the Big Green.

Cleveland in the finals: Check.

Kobe and the Lakers have had a slightly more difficult road. After putting away the Jazz in a uniform-like five games, the golden boys received a major lift when Yao Ming went out with a broken bone in his left foot. However, this series is all but over.

Next up for the Lakers will be the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets have been transformed since they traded for Chauncey Billups. Yet, the Nuggets do not match up well against LA.

Lamar Odom can contain Carmelo Anthony. Nene will be pitted against Andrew Bynam and Pau Gasol. Billups will see a mixture of Jordan Farmar, Derek Fisher, Shannon Brown, and yes, even Kobe Bryant.

And if Kobe is guarding Chauncey with the passion that he has had this post season, it’s game, set, match. Especially if the Chris “Birdman” Anderson tries to mess with him.

Lakers in the finals: Check.

The stage is set. Lebron and Kobe. Kobe and Lebron. Lakers and Cavaliers. It’s game time.

For Kobe, it’s time to prove that he can win a ring without Shaq, etching his name into a short list of NBA all-time greats.

For LeBron, it’s time to show the world that he is a true league MVP and his chance to eclipse Kobe as the greatest NBA player alive.

Play ball boys because the world is watching.