Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.

words // Nick Engvall

Despite all the off-court antics and entertainment that is synonymous with the Los Angeles Lakers during this time of year, this year is shaping up to be just like the last for the “Lake Show.” After the usual bickering, questioning and poor performance, Kobe and the Lakers moved to 10-1 since the All-Star break with a victory over the Orlando Magic. Playing through a sprained ankle, Kobe was more animated than usual on Tuesday. He put in 16 points, but his presence on the floor showed his leadership and was apparently motivating to the rest of the team as Gasol, Bynum, Fisher and Odom all scored in double figures.

The only other team in the league that has been as hot as the Lakers since the All-Star break is the Chicago Bulls. With Derrick Rose leading the way, Chicago is tied for the best record in the East after the Celtics lost to the Nets on Tuesday.

With both teams playing at a level the rest of the league can’t seem to maintain, a rematch of the 1991 NBA Finals seems like a pretty good possibility. Back then, it was MJ and the Bulls taking the torch from the older Magic Johnson-led Lakers team. Could 2011, 20 years later, prove to be the “changing of the guard” for Chicago and Derrick Rose?

It would make a nice story, and a nice anniversary gift for Bulls fans.

Sneaker Watch: A look at what the pros wear.

Ty Lawson wearing the Nike Air Max LeBron VIII V2 "Entourage"
Ty Lawson wearing the Nike Air Max LeBron VIII V2 “Entourage”

John Wall made a switch back to the Reebok Zig Slash.John Wall made a switch back to the Reebok Zig Slash.

Steph Curry lays it in wearing the Nike Air Max Fly By.Steph Curry lays it in wearing the Nike Air Max Fly By.

Marcus Thornton dropped in 42 in the Air Max Fly By.Marcus Thornton dropped in 42 in the Air Max Fly By.

Jameer Nelson in the Reebok Zig Slash defended by Kobe in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.Jameer Nelson in the Reebok Zig Slash defended by Kobe in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.

Dwight Howard muscles in the paint in the adidas Superbeast while Andrew Bynum gives his best "You Mad?" impression.Dwight Howard muscles in the paint in the adidas Superbeast, while Andrew Bynum gives his best “You Mad?” impression.

D-Wade in the Air Jordan 2011.D-Wade in the Air Jordan 2011.

A close up of Kevin Garnett's Anta signature model.A close-up of Kevin Garnett’s Anta signature model.

Gilbert Arenas in a previous KG signature from Nike, the Air Max 3 aka Air Garnett 3, while Steve Blake wears And 1.Gilbert Arenas in a previous KG signature from Nike, the Air Max 3 aka Air Garnett 3, while Steve Blake wears AND 1.

Ray Allen scores wearing the Air Jordan Retro 9 Bin 23.Ray Allen scores wearing the Air Jordan Retro 9 Bin 23.

Ray Allen's Air Jordan Retro 9 Bin 23.Ray Allen’s Air Jordan Retro 9 Bin 23.