THE SUPER TEAM ERA
WRITTEN BY KARAN TELI
We’re in a very unique NBA era. LeBron can be credited for starting the ‘super team’, but, boy did Kevin Durant take it to another level. Talk about a SUPERTEAM. Analysts and players alike have mostly had similar opinions regarding NBA so called super teams.
The GOAT said that the era is bad for the NBA, and that at the end of the day there are ‘28 bad teams.’ ESPN’s Zach Lowe separated the league into 2 tiers; the Warriors tier and the tier that hopes the Warriors get injured.
This offseason we’ve seen superstars come together like never before to form super teams and perhaps, just perhaps, dethrone the Warriors. The era of the 90’s and 2000’s where it was 2 stars to a team is long gone. The era of wanting to destroy and embarrass your opponent is gone. Kobe, KG, Iverson all had this mindset, and they took it with them. The player in the league that you’d say has this mindset the most; Russell Westbrook, and even HE is on a super team.
Is the GOAT right? Is the super team era bad for the NBA?
Ratings are higher than ever, but as fans we don’t care about ratings. We care about quality, entertaining and competitive basketball. Well, the Warriors are quality and damn sure entertaining. Competitive? Barely. The team we thought had a chance to maybe beat them were blown off the floor 4-1; their only win came in a record breaking performance.
The moves OKC, Houston and Minnesota all made are to potentially compete and dethrone the Warriors. But, realistically, do they even stand a chance? Don’t ask Draymond Green what he thinks. The Warriors vocal leader laughed at the question when he was asked, repeatedly banging the table and publicly stating ‘these motherfuckers know they don’t stand a chance.’
Deep down, we know it too. Never has the league been so geared just to dethrone and go at one team. We’re hoping for drama and excitement this season; praying that OKC are as good they could be and actually contend with Golden State. We hope that CP3 and Harden have the chemistry that takes Houston to 60 wins and genuinely worries Golden State.
It’s all hope right now though.
Let’s not get started on the East. Right now, the Eastern Conference is the worst conference in NBA history. We know it’s Celtics vs Cavs. We know Cavs will most likely will in 5 or 6. But have Cleveland done enough to become the leagues super team. Unlikely. Any things possible with LeBron at the helm, but it’s unlikely. But they don’t have to beat the Warriors. We just want competition!
Without competition, then the GOAT might very well be right; super teams could be ruining the NBA. We’ve got another whole season of the Golden State juggernaut to find out. If this season pans out the way we think, next summer, with LeBron’s upcoming free agency, could be very, very interesting.