Oh no… the sport that I have loved and appreciated throughout my entire life is now beginning to enter a dark and irreversible path. The NBA is now realizing that the only way to win in this league is to form what I despise the most: A Superteam. Golden State being the first of its kind (which could be argued as not the first), probably being followed by whatever the Cavs do during this offseason and maybe even teams in the future like the Celtics or Lakers. All that we know for sure is that the small market franchises will never win in this current form of the league and the rivalries of basketball will mold together towards strictly the superteams.
Remember back in 2013 when the Bulls would constantly mess with the Heat and both teams had such strong hate for each other? Remember when the Pacers were close to being in the NBA Finals barely three years ago? Remember when the Kings from 2001 could’ve (and possibly should’ve) beaten the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals? Well now that the Superteam era has begun, all of those great memories will never reappear ever again. From now on, all we will remember are how the Playoffs continuously sucked until the NBA Finals occurred, where the two superteams of each conference met to face off that year.
To be honest, this post is more of a memorial to all of my favorite basketball memories as a kid. I’m really going to miss all of the great players who stayed with smaller franchises in order to build and win a ring the loyal way (players like Westbrook and Lillard). Because of what Kevin Durant has done and will continue to do with the Warriors, the rest of the NBA players will now follow in his footsteps in order to become a champion (and frankly, I don’t blame them). Of course I will continue to support the league and sport in general, but it will never be the same over the foreseeable future.
Goodbye to the good basketball integrity and loyalty that I grew up watching as a young boy, because it will continue to inspire me as a fan throughout my entire life. I know that there are people out there that are mourning with me, so just know, hopefully someone will break this curse eventually. Someday… someone will defeat a superteam in the Playoffs and rekindle the fire of the loyal NBA player. But it’ll be a while, so stay patient everyone… it’s about to get really bumpy.