2009-2010 NBA Schedule Seeps Out: Shaq Vs Kobe on Xmas...Again

Benny BlancoContributor IJuly 29, 2009

PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 15:  Co-MVPs Shaquille O'Neal #32 and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Western Conference hold up the trophy after the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference in the 58th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

For the fourth time in the last six years, Kobe will face Shaq on Christmas Day.  Only this time, Shaq won't be the centerpiece of his team.  This is all about Kobe and Lebron and what NBA officials are probably praying will be a foreshadowing of the NBA finals.

As for opening day, it's the new look Cavs taking on the old green men of Boston or what should really be called, "Battle of the 2009 Losers."  Okay, I didn't have much time to come up with a more clever title, but you get the point.  

Am I the only one who feels the Magic are being overlooked here?  They did make it to the Finals.  And if I remember correctly, they went through Boston and the Cavs to get there.  

But the Magic have gotten this treatment before.  We all remember the Kobe/Lebron puppets and the inevitable Lebron march to the finals hoopla that ended up being much ado about nothing.

Once again, the Magic are being overlooked.  And they seem to thrive as the underdog.  They used it to fuel a title run last year.  And I wouldn't be surprised if they did it again this year.  And before you go crying "Hedo" on me, Vince Carter plays his best when he's got a chip on his shoulder.

David Stern just gave him that chip.