After facing LeBron’s old team on Tuesday, the Lakers face his new (and, I guess, old too) team tonight when the Cavaliers visit Staples Center. And while I can go into the struggles of both teams — the Cavs have lost nine of 10 games (including their last six) and the Lakers are, well, you know — all that I’m really thinking about is this:
It's probably too much to ask for one last (?), great Kobe/LeBron duel tonight, but I'm asking anyway.
— Darius Soriano (@forumbluegold) January 15, 2015
No one knows what the future holds, but this will be one of the last times that Kobe and LeBron face off. Kobe’s contract is up after next season, leaving, at most, three more match ups between him and LeBron after tonight’s game. But with the way these guys have missed games this year and next year potentially offering only more questions, there really aren’t any guarantees.
So, wouldn’t it be nice to get one more classic tilt between these two teams? One more game where both give a classic performance that comes down to the closing minutes? Wouldn’t that not only give fans a nice (potentially) parting gift, but give these teams some sense of life after both have struggled mightily lately? I don’t know about you, but this is what I’d like to see tonight.
And it’s certainly what I’d rather discuss rather than what has devolved into constant questions about the directions of both organizations — especially, at least nationally, the Cavs. As noted above, they are struggling severely and actually have less wins (2) than the Lakers (3) since Christmas. Every interaction between head coach David Blatt and LeBron is critiqued and the use (or, really, misuse) of Kevin Love has been so thoroughly discussed that it’s not even a front page item anymore.
So, for one night at least, just give me some good basketball with an old-fashioned battle between a couple of stars. I understand it might be too much to ask for, but I’m doing it anyway. C’mon basketball gods, give us what we want this one time.
Where you can watch: 7:30pm start time on TNT. Also listen on ESPN Radio 710AM Los Angeles.