Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James: Is This the Year We See a Finals Matchup?

September 25th, 2012 by Michael Peiris Leave a reply »
What separates basketball from other team sports is the power of the individual. Although it’s a team game, one superstar can change the complexion of a game to a greater degree than in any other major sport.

One of the greatest things a basketball fan can witness is a competitive individual rivalry. The sight of two great players competing mano-a-mano can be electrifying, and it’s a luxury that the other major leagues don’t get to appreciate.

You may come across an Andre Johnson-Cortland Finnegan situation now and then in other sports, but the NBA is the only league where you get to see great players guarding each other as they take turns trying to put points on the board and carry their team to a W.

NBA history is filled to the brim with these types of rivalries. They transform good players into legends.

Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas. Reggie Miller and Spike Lee. LeBron James and DeShawn Stevenson.

The list could go on and on.

The true fire behind great rivalries usually finds its fuel in the playoffs. Winning is paramount an ...

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