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.
I’d bet you any amount of money that Adam Silver is biting off his finger nails right now at the thought of the Warriors sweeping the Cavaliers right off of their own court. For all of you who haven’t been paying attention to basketball over the past month or so, the Warriors have still yet to lose a game in the playoffs, with a record of 15-0 and only one more win to go. The Cavs have been absolutely shocked with the amount of force that the Warriors have demonstrated upon them throughout the series. Not only that, but even Lebron James himself has said that “this is probably the most firepower he’s played against in his career” and that he gave that Game 3 loss “all that he had” (via BleacherReport). It’s hard to say exactly what I’m thinking, but to generalize, the Warriors might just sweep the Cavs Friday night in Cleveland.
However, this prediction is only possible if Adam Silver and the NBA don’t intervene. Let’s be honest for a second, Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals would have been completely different had Draymond Green not been suspended. Game 6 would have been different had the refs not called such awful fouls on Stephen Curry and the Warriors. That’s two games that could have been won by the Warriors that weren’t, due to some “controversial” calls/suspensions. I’m not a Warriors or Cavaliers fan, but I can admit that it was a little suspicious that as soon as the Warriors had a commanding 3-1 series lead, the calls all went in the direction of the Cavs. Now that the series is 3-0 in favor of the Warriors, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see some questionable calls throughout the rest of the series.
All that being said, I must admit the Warriors are playing some great basketball. Kevin Durant is redefining the debate between Michael Jordan and Lebron James as Durant has continuously shut down James and the Cavs’ momentum, dagger after dagger. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are doing great as well, filling in the few blanks that Durant misses. On the other hand, the Cavs played a poor Game 1 and 2, but showed great potential in Game 3, until Durant placed the knife right back into all Cavalier fans’ hearts. As the Warriors scored the final 11 points with no response from the Cavs to seal the Game 3 victory, the Cavs have very little hope for a good rest of the series.
If the Warriors actually sweep the Cavs, I’m going to be beyond upset, but not surprised. It already pains me to see Durant betray his former team and have huge success in the playoffs with the NBA’s bandwagon, but to see the Warriors not even lose one single game… that would kill me. It’s funny to compare the NBA playoffs with NHL playoffs and see how much more entertaining the NHL playoffs have been. With the Stanley Cup Final tied at two a piece, the NBA Finals could really take a page out of the NHL’s book. Let’s make the NBA playoffs fun again, without having Adam Silver rig the rest of the series.