Los Angeles Clippers: Would Matchup with the Lakers Be the Series of the Decade?
Now, Paul is two rounds away from potentially leading Los Angeles' other team, the Clippers, into an all-L.A. showdown against Bryant's Lakers.
It would be the first time in NBA history that all games in a playoff series would be played in the same building.
For hoops fans on the West Coast, particularly in Southern California, it would absolutely be the series of the decade. The rest of the nation, however, might not deem it so worthy.
Both teams still have their work cut out for them to reach that grand stage. If they do manage the feat, here are a few reasons why it would be a one-of-a-kind matchup.
Star Power on the Court
The NBA is a superstar-driven league, and a Clippers-Lakers series would be proof positive of that.
Four of the five Western Conference All-Star starters from this past February would be on the court. In all, these two teams combine to have 10 present and former All-Stars on their rosters.
And superstar matchups don't come any bigger than Chris Paul vs. Kobe Bryant, two of the league's five best players.
Star Power off the Court
Almost as intriguing as the star showdowns on the court would be the Hollywood star showdowns on the sidelines.
Granted, the Lakers would be presumed to have a huge edge in this basketball-irrelevant category, but it would be interesting to see which Tinseltown celebrities have jumped on the Clippers bandwagon—or perhaps which celebs couldn't afford Lakers lower bowl playoff tickets.
The star power in the stands may be the only thing that can trump the star power on the floor.
Battle for Los Angeles
It's fitting that the title of a Hollywood blockbuster would adequately describe a playoff series that took place entirely in the City of Angels.
Los Angeles has been a Lakers town since the franchise migrated from Minneapolis. The Clippers have been largely irrelevant, but the groundswell of Clippers fans bonding over Blake Griffin's YouTube clips in 2011 have bubbled up to the surface in 2012 with the addition of Chris Paul.
Kobe and the Lakers seem to be on the way down. Paul, Griffin and the Clips should be on the way up. Will allegiances change in L.A.?
Legacies on the Line
Several players could have their legacies altered in this potential postseason series.
Can Kobe conquer his crosstown rivals en route to an MJ-tying sixth championship ring?
Will Chris Paul—who's won all of one playoff series in his career—finally lead a team to the NBA Finals?
If Andrew Bynum dominates the series and gets a large share of the credit for taking the Lakers to the Finals, does he leapfrog Dwight Howard as the best center in the game?
How far up or down the big man charts will Blake Griffin's exploits take him? Depending on his performance he can either be vying with Kevin Love for the "Best Power Forward Alive" title or be sent into big man superstar purgatory along with Amar'e Stoudemire.
These questions and many others would be answered over the course of what would be a fantastic playoff series. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm rooting hard for this dream scenario to play out.