SIDELINE PATROL: Magic, Nuggets more than Kobe, LeBron

Peter Silas Pasqua
Peter Silas Pasqua is the sports editor for the Gonzales Weekly Citizen. He can be reached at

There are many advertisers that may get there bubble busted if Kobe Bryant and LeBron James don’t make the NBA?Finals.

For one, there is Vitamin Water. I have been seeing this commercial for quite a while now and began to wonder if Coca Cola was going to rig the playoffs to make sure that Kobe and LeBron got their vitamins in the Finals.

And now, there is a Sesame Street rendition of the two stars as Muppets resembling Bert and Ernie putt out by no less, Nike. I admit the swoosh shoe king’s idea is clever but it is even more annoying than “The Coke Side of Life.”

It irks me that so many have already christened the Lakers and Cavaliers to play for the NBA championship because Bryant and James are on thier teams. As the Conference Finals are now more than halfway through, it is safe to say fortune telling may not be on the resume of those in sales.

Heading into Game 5, Orlando owns a 3-1 advantage over LeBron and Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Magic were ridiculous from behind the arc in Game 4 and Dwight Howard came alive in overtime to push the Cavaliers to one game on the brink of elimination.

Last night, the Lakers took a 3-2 lead over the Nuggets at the confines of the Staples Center but were embarrassed in  Game 4 when the Nuggets pounded the glass in Denver. The series returns to Colorado and you can’t count out Carmelo Anthony.

These conference finals have been some of the best basketball I have ever seen but it all comes down to one thing. Will Kobe meet LeBron in the Finals? It will be hard to come by because I think the Magic and Nuggets are the better teams.

Howard is one of the most dominant big men in the league dwarfing Ben Wallace without his afro. Team him up with another big man who can play on the perimeter like Hedo Turkoglu and you impose some problems. Add Rashad Lewis, Rafer Alston and Mickael Pietrus and you you will give people fits.

Anthony is probably the league’s next in line to Kobe and LeBron except he went to college instead of entering the NBA straight out of high school and won a championship in his one season at Syracuse. Team him up with two-time champion point guard Chauncey Billups back in his hometown and you have a recipe for a title. Add Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith and Nene` and you will cause anyone problems.

So check out the NBA Playoffs. It is the most exciting time of the year and I am sure it will continue no matter who makes the Finals.