NBA Christmas Day Gives You Kobe vs. LeBron In Your Stocking

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Kobe vs. LeBron

There Can Only Be One: Kobe vs. LeBron

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the League, Not a player was playing, not even Jeff Teague. The matchups were set with the rivalries ripe, Some were historical and some were just hype. “Now, Kobe! now, ‘Bron! now, Dwight and KG! On, Amar’e! on, Rose! on, ‘Melo and KD! From the start of the game! For every loose ball! Now dunk away! Dunk away! Dunk away all!” … Can you tell we’re excited? With no NBA games on the docket last night, we had all day to think about the storylines for today’s action. And one thing in particular we’re looking forward to is copious amounts of buckets. Four of the top five active Christmas Day scoring leaders will be in action, as all eyes will surely be on Kobe Bryant (304), Shaquille O’Neal (270), Dwyane Wade (139) and LeBron James (103). But one interesting tidbit for all you Laker and Heat fans out there hoping today will be a preview of what’s to come in June: teams that have met on Christmas Day have never met in the Finals … Speaking of Kobe and LeBron, while the Mamba hasn’t spoken to the media since his ejection the other night, LeBron had enough to say for the both of them. With both players debuting limited-edition Christmas Day colorways of their signature sneakers, King James said the Nike LeBron 8 (which costs $30 more than the Nike Zoom Kobe VI) is “a better shoe.” But why? “Because it is,” said James. “Because it’s LeBron’s shoe. It’s got my name on it. I take pride in my shoes every year and I’ve always taken pride in having the best shoe. So they’re going to cost a little more if you decide to wear them.” Bernard King scored 60 points on Christmas Day back in 1984. After this, we could see Kobe going for 61 … Some quick thoughts on each game: 1) Speaking of scoring, D-Rose has already registered eight 30-point games for the Bulls this year, equaling his career total coming into the season. Can he go for 30-plus at the Garden? 2) The Magic know that they’re going to have to go through Boston in the playoffs again this year, so how quickly can they get their new squad all on the same page? Ending the Celtics’ 14-game winning streak would go a long way towards reaching their goal.

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3) We can understand now why Phil Jackson has been so vocal about why he doesn’t think anybody should play on Christmas Day. In addition to the record 18 Christmas Day games he will have coached after the Lakers host the Heat, Jackson also played in 10 games on Christmas during an 11-year span from 1967 through 1977. The only guy we know that’s seen that much action on Dec. 25th is Santa himself. 4) With ‘Melo sitting this one out, look for J.R. Smith to put up shots early and often. But the real reason we’ll be tuning in to this game is to see who will dunk on Shelden Williams first: Russell Westbrook or James Harden? 5) The Blazers and Warriors met for the first time this season last Saturday at the Rose Garden, with Portland holding on for a one-point victory. Tonight, it’s time for revenge. In their last four games, Monta Ellis is averaging 35.0 ppg while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 29.3 ppg. We’d take the over … It appears to be a good week for former Cavs coaches. While Paul Silas has found himself a new head coaching job in Charlotte, Mike Brown has been hired by ESPN as an analyst and will begin his TV gig today for the Bulls/Knicks game. Good thing this one will also be in 3D … Somebody needs to call Ron Artest‘s psychiatrist and send them to Washington. According to Michael Lee of The Washington Post, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee were involved in a physical altercation outside a club early Friday morning, where witnesses stated that the players were screaming expletives at each other and exchanged several punches. A Wizards spokesman released a statement late Friday that read, “The team looked into the matter earlier today and determined it was simply a disagreement between teammates.” From the looks of what went on at Mississippi State, these types of “disagreements” appear to be contagious … Lastly, a sheriff in Florida decided to have his inmates dig up their basketball goals in order to donate them to local churches. As he put it, “Going to jail is not fun and games. If you want to play basketball, stay out of jail” … We’re out like ballin’ with Jake Shuttlesworth

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