Saturday April 9, 2011
Many basketball fans and experts have wondered who will win the NBA Finals. Will the Celtics return to their throne? Will the Spurs rise again? Will the Heat fulfill their mission? Will any other team rise to the occasion and earn the NBA Championship? One thing’s for sure, the following would be the most intriguing matchup of the bunch.
The Chicago Bulls vs. the Los Angeles Lakers? Why would this be interesting? Many reasons can support this matchup, and it all involves making history.
Kobe Bryant would be searching for his 6th NBA title. If Bryant and the Lakers win, that would put Bryant in discussion with Michael Jordan. The Lakers would also win their third title in a row. It would be the second time they have accomplished the three-peat in this century alone. A championship would further cement their legacy as one of the most prestigious franchises in all of sports.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Bulls’ first NBA Championship under the Michael Jordan era. The year was 1991. The matchup was Magic vs. Michael, which signified the proven superstar against the man trying to cement his legacy as one of the greats. Magic wanted one more ring to his collection, while Jordan was seeking his first. It would be poetic if the Bulls beat the Lakers, considering those roles are filled by Bryant and Derrick Rose. Bryant wants one more ring, while Rose seeks his first.
1991 also marked Phil Jackson’s first NBA title as a coach. The Championship began a legacy no one could have predicted. Jackson went on to three-peat with the Bulls the following two years. He then accomplished another three-peat with the Bulls in 1996-98 and a three-peat with the Lakers in 2000-02. If Jackson wins this year, he would have his fourth three-peat. Twelve NBA Championships would be under his belt, and it would further cement his legacy as the winningest coach in NBA history.
Let’s hear your predictions. Who do you think is going to headline the NBA Finals? Write below; I look forward to reading them. See you next time you knuckleheads!
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