This summer, the Bucks will be in the same place they've been for the NBA Finals every year since Nixon was still kicking over dirty martinis in the Oval Office - on the couch. Even though they didn't even make the playoffs, this basketball fan takes a small amount of satisfaction in this years match-up; David "The Man Behind The Curtain" Stern will have to wait at least another year for his James vs Bryant bonanza.
I would put Lebron James on my squad over Kobe hands down. And I admit, it would have been exciting watching these two superstars go at it - I would have walked to the fridge during high priced commercials along with the rest of America - but there's just something Magic about a team in the Finals that isn't "suppose" to be there. That's what I root for.
Maybe you'll get your LeBron v Kode next year Sterny - Lakers/Knicks in '10.