Looking at the current standings of the Eastern and Western Conferences of the NBA, two legendary teams sit atop: the Boston Celtics at the East and the Los Angeles Lakers at the West. This may sound wishful thinking at this point in the season, but the prospects of a Celtics-Lakers NBA Finals is in the realm of possibility.
The last decade of Celtics basketball practically made it rather impossible for the the two teams to meet-- the best team the Celts fielded prior to this season was the Antoine Walker-Paul Piece duo that sputtered after reaching the conference finals. The Lakers enjoyed a dynasty early in the decade, but since have struggled to make significant play-off headway in the last five years.
Thanks to the shenanigans Kevin McHale and Danny Ainge pulled off in the off-season, Kevin Garnett is wearing Celtic green. That transaction made the Celtics relevant again (at least in the short term). On the other end, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum's emergence, plus Kobe's happy camper attitude all contributed to them being in the cusp of truly becoming an elite team.
I'm sure I'm not the only one pining for the much-awaited Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers match-up for the new generation. Somewhere in the NBA's office, David Stern is probably giggling like a schoolgirl when he thinks about that potential faceoff.