As I prepare to go on vacation for a couple of weeks, all I’ve been able to think about is the state of the NBA.
In my opinion, it’s not good.
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have flipped the script and taken the association over. Cleveland is a super team, and Golden State is a super-duper team.
Not a great analogy, I know, but it’s true.
LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world, and he was the underdog on a team that featured an Allen Iverson-type player in Kyrie Irving. Although Kevin Love is considered a superstar, I’m sure we can all agree he is far from it.
But the Warriors, a team that won 73 games a season ago, added the second best player in the world this past offseason in Kevin Durant. That’s not even fair, and it’s not going to stop.
Durant has already stated he doesn’t plan on going anywhere. Things can change, but that certainly puts a shroud of darkness over the entire NBA.
Sure — injuries and dysfunction can derail any super-duper team, but the environment head coach Steve Kerr has in place at Golden State is harmonious.
This offseason, you’re likely going to see another superstar go play for Cleveland in order for the Cavs to have a chance to keep up with the high-paced Warriors. The other 28 teams don’t stand a chance.
It has been rumored that Chris Paul is leaning toward signing with San Antonio, and while it would be a nice combination with he, Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, it’s not enough. Golden State will still roll over the Spurs.
There are also rumblings that Houston is interested in signing Blake Griffin. While adding a power forward will certainly benefit the Rockets, who desperately need an effective power forward, it won’t be enough.
For the next three years, I see it being Cavs-Warriors in the finals each year, which will run the tally up to six straight times we’ll see the matchup. That’s terrible for basketball.
What’s the point of watching a game between the Celtics and Pacers, or the Spurs and Rockets, in December, January or February when you know it won’t matter come June? It’s like paying to watch a movie while already knowing how it ends.
The NBA is going to be a bore.