Monday, July 4, 2016

The NBA Is Now Officially A Joke

Kevin Durant announces he is going to sign with the Golden State Warriors and further tilt the scales of power among the top teams and bottom feeders in the NBA.
What a joke the league is becoming once again.
The standard franchise of the NBA since Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were dominating the league some 20 years ago is the San Antonio Spurs (17 consecutive seasons of 50 wins or more and FIVE NBA titles in that span) and even they have shown their age in the last two seasons in the playoffs as legends Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili give way to Father Time.
Yes, Durant and teammate Russell Westbrook took it to the Spurs in the NBA playoffs as the Oklahoma City Thunder won that series before blowing a three games to one lead against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
Then Golden State did the exact same thing against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals as LeBron James and company won the title.
So now Durant is joining the likes of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green out in California to try and win a title for himself. He has NO championship rings in OKC and now will look to get one with Golden State.
LeBron James did the same thing six years ago when he joined forces with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami and two years later, the Heat beat Durant and OKC in the NBA Finals to win the championship.
However, just amassing talent doesn't always equate with a championship title.
Just ask the Spurs, who signed LaMarcus Aldridge last summer and then fell short of winning a SIXTH NBA title this past season.
 How about Miami too?
Yes, the Heat and LeBron did get their coveted title in 2012 against OKC (and luckily again in 2013 when San Antonio blew Game Six in the NBA Finals) but that came after getting their prima dona asses handed to them by the Dallas Maverixks in the 2011 NBA Finals, the first season LeBron James was in Miami.
Point is Durant is looking to win a championship with a new team, but there are no guarantees this will happen.
The NBA is top heavy with the current state of free agency and it will only get worse next year when the salary cap goes upward and the haves will continue to pillage the talent from the smaller market teams.
What a joke the league is becoming again. Yep, greed rearing its ugly head once again  in the world of professional sports.
Good luck Kevin Durant and Golden State in the upcoming season.
One more thing, the 1990's Chicago Bulls did it the correct way, building around Michael Jordan and winning SIX championships in an eight year period in that decade.
Likewise, the LA Lakers built around Kobe Bryant (albeit through getting another superstar in Shaquille O' Neal) to win five titles in the 2000's decade.  The Spurs won three titles as well from 2003 to 2007 period.
Yes, Curry, Durant, Thompson and Green will be formidable, BUT there is only one ball on the court and the team must earn the championship.
Stay tuned.

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