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Kobe vs. LeBron dream matchup not inevitable

May 21, 2009 |  3:09 pm

Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James? Good. Anything else? Not so much, for the NBA and ABC. The Washington Post's Michael Wilbon is writing about the scenario the NBA and ABC don't want to hear: Orlando vs. Denver in the Finals.

"So, it's actually the Lakers and Cavaliers, having both been outplayed to start the conference finals, who had to spend the ensuing hours trying to find clues as to how to stop their opponents,'' Wilbon writes. "The Cleveland coaches spent today trying to figure out how to get more out of everybody except LeBron, and how to guard Orlando, which shot 55 percent in Game 1, 45 percent on three-pointers."

And to think that just Wednesday we were all writing about the league's conspiracy to make sure the Lakers and Cavaliers prevailed in their respective conferences.

-- Randy Harvey

Photo: Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James? Good. Anything else? Not as good for the NBA and ABC. Credit: David Maxwell / European Pressphoto Agency