Sunday's question of the day: What two teams will play in this season's NBA Finals?
Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel
Come on, does anybody really think the NBA will allow yet another year to go by without LeBron being in the Finals? Why do you think the NBA is trying to cut benefits for officials and taking such a hard-line stance during the current collective bargaining sessions? David Stern is probably still angry refs didn’t find a way to get LeBron past the Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals last year.
We’re kidding, of course, but it still doesn’t mean NBA mojo and marketing won’t be working for Lebron and Shaq to face Kobe and the Lakers in the Finals. Remember what Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said a few weeks ago?
He pointed to the perceived slight by ABC, which usually puts the two Finals teams from the year before in the prime 5 p.m. slot on Christmas Day. This year, it’ll be L.A-Cleveland in the prime slot while the Magic play the Celtics in the prelim game.
“Normally on Christmas Day, you get a rematch of the teams that played in the Finals,” Van Gundy cracked. “But instead, we get a Christmas Day matchup of teams that they (ABC) wanted to see in the Finals.”
This year, ABC, the NBA and Nike will get their wish. It’ll be Cavs-Lakers.
You can bet on it (and some NBA refs probably already have).
Photo: LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have their eyes on the NBA title. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times.