History will be made on Wednesday, long after millions of people on the east coast have gone to bed. At 10:30 PM EST, Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry—two of the most prolific players in NBA History—will both take the court for their final game of the 2015-16 NBA regular season. Unfortunately, these two greats will not be playing each other, which has left fans with the dilemma of picking which game to watch. On ESPN, Curry and the Golden State Warriors will attempt to break the all-time regular season win record of 72-10, held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. On ESPN 2, 20 years of basketball excellence will be celebrated as Kobe Bryant plays in the last game of his NBA career.
Playoffs implications are not important tonight for either team. Golden State has already clinched home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, while Los Angeles has long been eliminated playoff contention. Furthermore, it does not matter which teams will be facing Golden State or Los Angeles (but just in case you don’t know, Golden State will host the Memphis Grizzles, while Los Angeles will host the Utah Jazz). So essentially, the decision on which game to watch will come down to whichever one viewers believe will be more entertaining and more memorable.
If you want to be entertained, watching the Warriors will be your best bet. The Warriors have the best shooting backcourt in the league with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, with either shooter being the best in the league on any given night. Klay Thompson is the reigning NBA 3-point champion, and Steph Curry, well we all know who he is by now. Furthermore, Memphis is probably going to treat tonight as a playoff game, being that no team or player wants to be involved in the opposite end of a broken record. Sure, Kobe could theoretically score 82 tonight and break his own personal scoring record, but the odds of that happening are slimmer than Kevin Durant.
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If you cherish memories, the Los Angeles game is the one to see. The Lakers will celebrate Kobe Bryant while he is on and off the court, with a night full of tributes and numerous standing ovations. From rocking a bush, to becoming the Black Mamba, Kobe’s road to five NBA championships will be relived, creating a warm feeling in the hearts of those who loved him and from a competitive standpoint, hated him. Sure, watching the Warriors win their 73rd game would be memorable, but if Kobe clinches a game winning shot in his final NBA game, would an NBA fan want to miss that?
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Either way, the choice is yours. If you choose to watch Golden State, fine. If you choose to watch Los Angeles, that’s great too. Why is either option an okay one? Because you can always watch the highlights of either game on Thursday morning thanks to SportsCenter.
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