We are almost a year removed from “The Decision” and the fact that the Miami Heat are in the NBA Finals seemingly makes everyone sick, myself included. Baby Bron Bron and Chris Bosh bolted to Miami to form the most ridiculous concoction ever seen in the NBA.
We’ve entered a phase where Kobe Bryant is nearing the end, signaling possibly the last of the strong-willed player, the one who embraces the role of being “the guy” (What’s that Bron might ask?). Players grow tired of the losing and pressure placed on their shoulders, so they bail to team up with other All-Stars. It seems that everyone else is doing it, and if you can’t beat them, join them.
James and Bosh set the tone, Carmelo Anthony soon after. James and Bosh along with Wade are attempting to win a title playing three v five, Anthony didn’t want to lose out on $20 million, so he forced the issue and made the Knicks give up four core players. Not too far are stars like Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and Deron Williams.
Are we really seeing the NBA take a seismic shift ala the MLB?
I am an enthusiast of all four major professional sports, but let’s be honest. Major League Baseball lacks the competitive parity that the NFL does and to extreme heights. Out of 30 teams, realistically a handful are in the running to win the World Series.
Now you may feel the NBA is already there, with the Lakers and Spurs winning 9 of the last 12 championships. However their competition varied over the years because there was a balance throughout the league.
If we see Bron Bron hoisting a trophy in a few weeks, not only will I be sick to my stomach (who knows how much more that man can gloat when he actually has something to flaunt), but a Miami Heat title will validate that whole charade which went down last July.
Big picture, the NBA is screwed.
As mentioned, there are several stars who will potentially call a different team home. They are all looking to follow in the footsteps of Bron Bron and Anthony; seeing Miami win will be the last push some of these guys need to bolt their current teams.
Does the NBA really need half the league to be lottery-bound before Christmas after all the star players have stacked up and comprised a handful of teams?
That doesn’t make for a very competitive league or a very enticing product.
It is this very fear which drives my plea for the Dallas Mavericks to whip the Heat.
Asides from the fact that Dirk Nowitzki is long overdue for a ring, Dallas needs to remind everyone what it takes to win a championship, that being a team, as opposed to three stars surrounded by talent that is underwhelming to say the least.
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