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What Will the NBA Do to Get a Kobe Vs. LeBron NBA Finals?

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives the ball against LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the forth quarter at Staples Center on January 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Bare KnucksAnalyst IMay 17, 2009

The Rockets are one game away from sending Kobe and his Lakers packing. The people of Houston should be ecstatic, right?


However, there are several things for Rockets fans to consider prior to getting too excited about the chance to compete for a Western Conference title.

Obviously facing an incredibly motivated Kobe Bryant in a Game 7 on the road is one reason to expect an end to Houston’s season, but there a few other aspects that may be overlooked by the casual fan of the NBA.

It’s no secret the match up of the Lakers vs. Cavaliers in the NBA Finals is an advantageous situation for the NBA, mainly from a marketing and ratings standpoint. You better believe David Stern is well aware of this.

Kobe and LeBron are the two most talented players in the league and have been involved constant debate as to who is better during the course of this season. The attention the NBA would receive if the two oppose each other in the NBA Finals would be tremendous.

There’s no telling the effect it could potentially have on TV ratings, and ultimately, revenue generated. The NBA is certainly not the most trustworthy league in terms of the way it is managed. As a result, you can expect to see plenty of questionable calls in favor of the hometown Lakers. [Read more...]


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