The total dominance by Golden State in its 113-91 victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday did nothing to quell the fears of an NBA that's become ruled by a select few.
Speaking just before Game 1, NBA commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged the lack of competition that's been in the playoffs so far and while they would prefer to see more competition they acknowledge that isn't always possible. Sometimes the only thing that can be done is to praise excellence.
From a league standpoint, you always want to see great competition. It's what our fans want to see, it's what we provide in this league. But having said that, this is real life. It's not scripted, and it happens. So, sure, the fan in me would love to see more competition at times, but on the other hand, I've said it before, I think we should also celebrate excellence.
I think that people are also inspired, as I said earlier, by seeing such tremendous play, by seeing teams come together the way they have. I think their play has been inspiring. I think they have done it in the right way, and I also think these things have a way of working themselves out.
This year's playoffs have been one of the least competitive in recent memory and with the Warriors roster so young it raises major concerns about future playoff series. However, Silver knows he can't come out and say that it's a problem for the league that some teams are winning a lot more than others. It would be a bad look as commissioner and likely not sit well with the owners of those teams.
That said, Silver probably isn't putting a PR spin on this one. The playoffs can't be a dramatic every every single year and sometimes seasons like this happen. It might be disappointing for fans to see two teams dominate this much, but in the NBA change happens quickly. Silver knows that.