Christmas With Kobe Bryant, Featuring LeBron James and Shaq

Dannie HaynesContributor IDecember 16, 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)
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With the much anticipated battle of MVP’s, Christmas looks to be one of the best nights to catch a classic in the making. Surely when LeBron and Co. Head into the Staples Center, they can be sure to find an arena full of Christmas cheer. Just don’t be surprised if they find a lump of coal in their stockings too.

Yes the epic “LeBron Vs. Kobe” matchup is the highlight of Christmas, right between watching “A Christmas Story” for the 500th time and seeing your parents pass out during the one time of year they drink. With Kobe showing the world he’s not human by scoring a season high 42 points with a broken finger in his shooting hand, this one’s surely to be a sign of things to come.

This also marks the first time Shaq takes on Kobe since O’Neal became a Cavalier, hoping to complete his trifecta of winning rings with the three best players on the planet. The Lakers will be counting on their twin towers of Gasol and Bynum to patrol the paint, while Ron Artest will attempt to play the role of Scrooge on LeBron.

It looks like the only thing that may hinder this game is timing. The 5pm eastern start time coincides directly with typical American Holiday meal times, which may cause a number of diehard fans to ruin Christmas by hogging their brand new 60 inch plasma, perfect size to see LeBron dunking on Fisher (just a guess, seems to be happening to Fisher a lot lately).

The Cavs have done their best to put together a veteran team to help LeBron win a ring, while the Lakers will be looking to extend their winning streak on Christmas day and prove why their number one and favourites to repeat. With these two explosive talents, expect nothing less than a Christmas miracle (shot that is) to win this game.