This could be the start of something special.
Remind anyone else of the old Celtics-Lakers rivalry?
LeBron James and Kobe Bryant already are pitted against each other in the court of public opinion.
Now it's time for the matchup the NBA has been dreaming of.
A Heat-Lakers finals would jump start the league into a realm of popularity only equaled by the NFL.
These are the teams that are going to do it.
The Lakers are the epitome of how an NBA team should be built.
A superstar at the helm, a top-tier big man down low and a supporting cast that most clubs would love to have as starters.
Ego is not an issue in L.A., all that matters is winning, and that's really how things should be.
Every member of the team knows their place and performs their job to a tee.
With the signing of Steve Blake in the offseason, the Lakers are poised to make another serious title run on a collision course with Miami.
The Lakers got where they are now by using the old model for building a perennial championship contender.
The Heat are an entirely different beast.
There is no precedent for players of this magnitude to join forces.
Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are, without a doubt, the best trio of teammates in NBA history (at least athletically).
But what remains to be seen is whether or not they can play together and coexist.
Take the solar system for example, there is a reason why there is only one sun.
The Lakers have Bryant and a supporting cast that orbit him.
Miami has three superstars (no pun intended.)
Now with the additions of Mike Miller and Zydrunas Ilgauskas (along with other role players), the Heat experiment is ready to begin.
The Lakers are proven winners.
The Heat have LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Not exactly the model for playoff excellence.
Until the Heat can prove they have the mental toughness and ability to play together, Los Angeles will continue to be the team to beat.
At least if the Black Mamba has anything to say about it.