Well last night the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers met up for what was meant to be one of the more entertaining NBA games taking place on MLK Day. The two teams have been playing so well and their superstars in the guises of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have basically been dueling as to their supremacy and who really is the King of the NBA.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives for the basket under the defensive presence of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau Gasol. picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Noah Graham ……………….
Absolutely no one doubt either players’ talents as they’re both supremely gifted. And in light of that there now seems to be a controversy building up amongst the fans as to who really is the better player. We all saw to great effect what each was capable of whilst they both represented the country during the Olympics in Beijing. Team USA triumphed and both were pleased to come back wearing their gold medal. That being said gold medals are not what they are judged by when it’s all said and done. It’s about winning titles and the indelible legacy that they leave on the game. That’s what legends are made of and usually how they’re remembered .
Well last night at the Staples Center we saw the good and the bad in both players. But then again that’s to be expected when a game is hyped into something in reality is completely meaningless. There was nothing really on the line other than a perceived bragging right. And that’s about it. But the way many of the fans in question would describe the matchup. One would’ve believed that the Earps and Clantons were meeting in Dodge City to sort out their differences.
Bryant and Gasol acknowledge each other after a well executed play against the Cleveland Cavaliers. picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Noah Graham ………………
The game itself was bedeviled by some poor shooting by both teams. And Bryant and James were a part of that equation also. So make of that what you will. I know that some excuses will be made for their poor output as far as their shooting goes. But then again we’re all entitled to a bad night at the office aren’t we ? It was somewhat reflective of the night as a whole as the game stats bear this out. But some would have still have you believe that was a thoroughly entertaining game and that both stars played exceptionally well. In reality they were good but most definitely not exceptional.
James’ jump shot over the outstretched arms of the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant during the game played in which their Eastern Conference nemesis 105-88. picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Noah Graham ……………..
The game itself resulted in a 105-88 win for the Los Angeles Lakers and with none other than Pau Gasol in a starring role for the men in purple and gold. The player chipped in with 22 points and played well on both ends of the floor. That being said for the Lakers’ fans this was the chance to seek revenge against a team that has had the better of them as of late. But I’d dare that a matchup of this might would be more meaningful were it in the postseason, with everything on the line to play for ? But as with all regular season games as such this merely may have been a joust more than anything else. It may not have amounted to much in some eyes. But to some it amounts to a great deal. As to what that might be is open to pure speculation and conjecture .
Bryant drives the lane against the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Mo Williams during the game. picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Noah Graham …….
Last night instead of being served up a feast it was merely nothing more than appetizer of the most unusual of kinds. Those who sought to prepare the meal clearly forgot to make sure that the utensils in question had to be meticulously polished. As for the main course of the rivalry between Bryan and James it was much ado about nothing at this juncture. In the end it pointed to nothing more than two players trying to outdo each other and coming up badly not necessarily when it mattered most. It did little to prove who really was the better player on the night. And if anything it merely proves to us that we’re creating something out of nothing. Afterall were this a real gunfight they’d have both come out guns a blazing instead of merely shooting blanks.