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Time for media to write about the Finals rather than Lebron

The national media and the NBA need to realize that the Cavaliers are DONE and maybe they will be better off writing about the NBA Finals between the Lakers and CavaliersMagic instead.  Or maybe that is not as interesting anymore since the MVP and the face of the NBA is not going to make the Finals appearance. Afterall, they were all ready for a Kobe/Lebron match up but the disappointment triggered all the national media to talk about Lebron walking off the court in Orlando without shaking hands with Magic players, and for not addressing the media following the game.

Many columnists are calling Lebron a sore loser. Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo sports called him “immature, self-absorbed brat”

TNT analyst, David Aldridge says in his article “you got dressed, and walked out without speaking to anyone other than your teammates. Not to the Nike reps that were, reportedly, waiting to see you (they’ll understand), to the Magic players in their locker room (not cool, again) or to the media that was waiting for you.

On that last one, I know: who cares? Well, a lot of people. You may think what we do doesn’t matter,”

Well David, he just gave you tons of stuff to write about. I am sure web traffic is at all time high to read of what Lebron did and what he might do with his future with the Cavaliers. ESPN.com had Lebron on their NBA home page all day yesterday.

The Finals will start in two days and until now, all you read about is Lebron’s poor sportsmanship or his future with the Cavaliers.

If Lebron and the Cavaliers won the championship, do you think the media will stop talking about Lebron leaving Cleveland? The media had two sets of articles ready;  “Cavaliers lost, will Lebron leave?” Or “Lebron gives Cleveland their first Championship, now it’s time to join the Knicks

If these columnist are so unhappy with Lebron, then maybe they should stop recruiting him to join their Knicks, Nets, Bulls,…

I am very sure Magic and Lakers fans are eager to read about Kobe and Howard.

Savor This Sunday’s Matchup Between LeBron and Kobe

This Sunday’s showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and L.A. Lakers should be savored for many reasons: the teams only meet twice a year, this may be an NBA Finals preview and the superstar matchup between LeBron James and Kobe Bryant features—to borrow the title of one of my favorite basketball articles ever—“The Best the Game Offers”; that description fit Larry Bird and Julius Erving when Tom Callahan penned those words in 1982 and it definitely applies to James and Bryant today. There are even parallels in terms of the age difference, size disparity and stylistic contrasts with those two duos; Bird and James were/are bigger and six years younger than their main rival and were/are considered to be more “pass first” oriented even though Erving and Bryant were/are underrated playmakers.

Bryant just won the Western Conference Player of the Month for January after averaging 27.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 7.1 apg while leading the Lakers to a 12-4 record. He had six 30 point games, two triple doubles and four consecutive games with double digit assists; James claimed Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors for January with averages of 27.5 ppg, 9.6 rpg and 8.2 apg, the first player to reach those levels in each category in the same calendar month since Bird in March 1987. James had six 30 point games and three triple doubles as the Cavs went 10-4. Most readers probably know that I give Bryant a slight edge over James due to the greater completeness of Bryant’s skill set—Bryant is shooting .349 from three point range and .860 on free throws while James is shooting just .295 and .763 respectively from those ranges; Bryant also is a much better midrange jump shooter than James—but they are both putting up mind boggling numbers this season. Even more importantly, James and Bryant embrace the challenge at the defensive end of the court and—no matter what anyone says–they have separated themselves from every other great player in the league.

Bryant and the Lakers got the best of James and the Cavs 105-88 two weeks ago in Los Angeles but—assuming that the Cavs take care of Toronto on Tuesday night—Cleveland will own a 23-0 home record when the Lakers arrive at the Q. The Cavs were without the services of Zydrunas Ilgauskas when the Lakers beat them but this time around the Lakers will be sans Andrew Bynum, who will be out for at least eight weeks after tearing the MCL in his right knee. Those injuries are yet another reminder of why we should all savor Sunday’s game: no one knows how many times James and Bryant will have the opportunity to play against each other when both players are at the height of their powers while leading championship contending squads; just five years after Callahan’s article appeared, Bird had already won his final championship and MVP and Erving had retired.

ESPN Predictions: Cavaliers vs Lakers in NBA Finals

Hollinger playoffs odds for the 2008-09 season picks the Cavaliers as the favorite to win the East by 56%. The Hollinger Power Rankings are a computer measure of each team’s performance in the season so far.

“The idea is to predict what a team’s odds are of making the playoffs, winning the division, making the Finals, etc., by simulating all the remaining games in the NBA season. We have a computer at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., that automatically plays out the rest of the season every night — not once, but 5,000 times. And we can see from those 5,000 trials how many times a certain outcome resulted, then assign a probability from it. For example, if the Blazers make the playoffs in 2,500 of our trials, we say their odds of making the playoffs are 2,500 divided by 5,000, or 50 percent. ”

So based on ESPN computer, the Cavaliers will win the East and go all the way to face the Lakers in the NBA finals. Unfortunatily for Cavaliers fans, the Cavaliers odds to winning a championship only 18% compare to the Lakers 45.3%.

You can read more about how it works here.