The Los Angeles Lakers versus the Boston Celtics.
Now that's what a Dream NBA Finals come true.
No offense to the San Antonio Spurs and the Detroit Pistons, but another Spurs-Pitsons finale might have killed the league from an enjoyment point of view. Even when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers met the Spurs last year, there was no sparks flew-- nobody cared even when they were playing basketball.
But "Lakers versus Celtics"? Everyone's already anticipating the Finals even before the games start. That's what 21 years of waiting does usually.
1987 was the last time the two storied franchises met in the NBA Finals and the Lakers won it six games and the series defining moment was Magic Johnson's "Junior, Junior, Junior Sky Hook" in Game 4. Now it's up the new generation of Lakers and Celtics to create their own mystique and add to the fabled Lakers-Celtics rivalry.
The Lakers lost both their meetings in the regular reason and I wonder how Pau Gasol will affect the outcomes of the games as he did not play in those two games. At those times, the Lakers had yet to get their swagger and groove in playing as a team. Their current playoff record of 12-3 shows that they have jelled together better late in the season.
Kobe Bryant also has a chance to brand 2008 as "Year of the Kobe" as he has won the MVP for the first time in his career and a championship ring would be the ultimate piece to complete his stellar season.
So how do I think the series will play out? Lakers win NBA championship in five.