Kobe vs Dirk, Finally
May 2, 2011 by Christian Angelo Jacinto
The second round of the NBA playoffs is under way. It probably has the most intriguing match-ups in playoffs history that we’ve seen in years. You have the defending Eastern Conference champions, the Boston Celtics, going up against the Miami Superfriends, err, Heat. The upstart Oklahoma City Thunder, viewed as the heir to Los Angeles’ throne in the Western Conference, going up against surprise entrants Memphis Grizzlies. The league-leading Bulls will test their mettles against the Hawks, who’ve surpassed expectations when they knocked off Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic in six games in the first round.
Such interesting matchups, but nothing as interesting as this one.
Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki have been two of the most dominant players who set foot in an NBA hardcourt in the past 10 years. Playing in the same conference, on two of the winningest teams in the NBA over the past decade, it’s such a shame that they haven’t faced each other in a playoff series. Not even for once. Well, at least, not until now.