Since their reign in the league in the 2000s, basketball fans have dreamed of a hypothetical scenario where Kobe Bryant and LeBron James would meet in the NBA Finals.
Distraction from many, such a legendary match will never come to fruition. There were, however, a lot of possibilities on the way there.
From 2005 to 2013, both superstars appeared in the playoffs every year. However, James failed to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a NBA finals appearance when Bryant brought the 2008-1
James then went to the Miami Heat 2010 and advanced to four direct NBA Finals while Bryant and The Lakers suffered several early playoff failures at the beginning of the decade.
In a recent question and answer session on Twitter Kyle Kuzma revealed that his dream NBA final will be the Lakers 2008-09 Heat 2012, for the sole purpose of a Bryant and James Matchup:  2009 Lakers vs. 2013 Miami heat just because we all deserve a kobe vs lbj finals https://t.co/3e95ue6aZM
– kuz (@ kylekuzma) May 13, 2018
While both teams 2013 advancing to the playoffs, there was a significant imbalance between the Heat and Lakers this season. On the one hand, the Heat crossed the NBA's best record, while the Lakers came in as the # 8 Western Conference in the postseason.
The 2008-09 NBA season offered a more realistic opportunity for Bryant and James Showdown in the finals. But one thing never happened, as the Cavaliers were finally eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Orlando Magic – robbing basketball fans everywhere the dream matchup.
The Lakers, of course, went on to capture their 15th NBA championship in franchise history over the magic in five games. Bryant earned for the first time in his career NBA Finals MVP honors with an average of 32.4 points in the series.