Monday, July 23, 2007

Who's Now: Shaq, Lebron, Parker?

ESPN has been running a "Who's Now" of sports tournament for the past several weeks, which will determine what athlete is the most "Now" on the planet. It features head-to-head matchups which a panel of 3 on ESPN discusses and votes on, followed by audience voting to determine who's more now. The tournament has included several NBA ballers in the competition so far; Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, and Shaquille O'Neal.

So far Steve Nash has fallen, losing to LaDainian Tomlinson, Kobe Bryant was dethroned by Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees, and Dwyane Wade was taken out by Tiger Woods. Those all would make sense to most sports fans.

Remaining from the NBA nation are Shaq, Tony Parker and Lebron James. Shaq and Parker are in a head to head which starts tomorrow. Lebron will face the winner of Derek Jeter vs Reggie Bush, decided today. The panel was unanimously in favor of Derek Jeter winning that match, which would make a very interesting Lebron vs. Jeter debate.

The question comes down to who is more now between the 3 remaining ballers, and I'd have to go with Lebron. As much as Shaq has meant to the game, Lebron is the "it guy" right now for the league He seems to be the posterchild for the greatness of the league today. Of course I'm presuming Shaq defeats Tony Parker, but Parker does have the Eva Longoria marriage and another title win, which could have thrust him more into the public eye.

To vote in the ESPN Who's Now tournament head over to the site:

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