Both the NBA regular season finale shows were sublime. But differed in nature and character. Both thrilled the NBA fans, but revealed contrasting philosophies– Stephen Curry leading the Warriors to surpass Bulls’ best regular season record and Kobe Bryant’s last steps on the floor posting a 60-point show is a testament of the diverse genres the fascinating league offers.
The NBA was at its glorious peak on Wednesday night.
Experts are of the opinion that the game of basketball attains its zenith when five pieces put up their brilliance together. Abiding by that view, Stephen Curry and his Warriors have been excellent throughout this season.
And the MVP itself is the product of the Warriors’ team-game grasping all the glorious aspects of the collective essence of the game. Although Curry posted 46 points in 30 minutes only against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, the highlight is Golden State’s victory for a record breaking feat.
The Black Mamba’s venom has a unique taste– it doesn’t reflect the spirit of a vintage LeBron and Curry but Kobe Bryant is in class of his own. The brilliance of a solo artist capable of bewitching the opponents and mesmerizing the fans.
That’s how the Lakers great has played his game throughout his 20-year career, and that’s how he signed off from the basketball arena as a great Laker, as a great entertainer and as a great player who had a knack for individual showmanship.
Bryant’s final performance showed the how the Lakers guard was wired, and that was to deliver a victory, even if it takes a solo effort.
The Golden State Warriors of 2015-16 led by Stephen Curry are an antithesis of Kobe Bryant, for his entire career. Both in terms of style and philosophy.
But it’s hard to evaluate which style is better compared the other, but perhaps there is no need to evaluate it. As long as it delivers the win.