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A Kobe-LeBron Final Would Be Great...Because?

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks next to LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a break from the game at Staples Center on January 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Dave MorganContributor IMay 26, 2009

It's the talk of the NBA world: The dream final of Kobe versus LeBron is in danger!

But would it really be that big of a loss?

I understood and accepted the fanfare that accompanied the possibility of a LeBron versus Kobe NBA Finals matchup. While I didn't embrace it, I could see why there was such a furore about the whole thing.

The Cavaliers, best team in the east, headed by LeBron James, versus the Lakers, best team in the west, headed by Kobe Bryant.

It all made sense. The allure was palpable.  But this was a week ago...

Now, having seen how the Cavs stack up to a real team, and how the Lakers have apparently regressed, I'm left wondering whether the dream final would actually be that good at all.

The Lakers and Cavs have devolved into one-man teams, like the Cavs and Lakers of yesteryear, when were when they were mired in offensive mediocrity.

If Stern wants LeBron vesus Kobe, then he should set up a one-on-one tournament at next year's All-Star weekend.

But the playoffs aren't about stars; they're about teams. The Magic play as a team. The Nuggets play as a team. And they both play a more attractive brand of basketball than  having LeBron/Kobe rebound, dribble the ball up the court, use a wide arsenal of jukes and spins to finally earn themselves a mid-range, heavily-contested jumpshot, which they'll still nail an impressive number of times'.

It all adds up to one question:  What's so great about Kobe v LeBron?

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