By: Opinionated Reezy
Let’s take a walk back in time for a moment. Forget how the team is assembled and think about what comes to mind when you hear names Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Michael Cooper, and Karem Abdul-Jabar. I will ask you again to forget how the team is assembled and think about what comes to mind when you hear the names Larry Bird, Danny Ainge, Robert Parrish, and Kevin McHale. These were the Showtime Lakers and Dominate Celtics teams from the 80’s that dominated the decade and ultimately suffered from old age. These two teams were dynasty’s both in their depth and starting rosters and would be considered super teams in today’s NBA.
I can’t remember much about that era, but I imagine that people were shocked when either the Lakers and/or the Celtics were not in the finals. History would show the following (The champion is bold):
· 1979 – 80 Season: Lakers v 76ers
· 1980 – 81 Season: Celtics v Rockets
· 1981 – 82 Season: Lakers v 76ers
· 1982 – 83 Season: 76ers v Lakers
· 1983 – 84 Season: Celtics v Lakers
· 1984 – 85 Season: Lakers v Celtics
· 1985 – 86 Season: Celtics v Rockets
· 1986 – 87 Season: Lakers v Celtics
· 1987 – 88 Season: Lakers v Pistons
· 1988 – 89 Season: Pistons v Lakers
· 1989 – 90 Season: Pistons v Trailblazers
We literally had to go a full decade before we had an NBA Finals that did not feature the Celtics or the Lakers and that forced teams to get better. It made players think strategically about how they were going to win. No one was tired of the NBA, in fact being from Detroit, it became a unified front to watch your team develop into a legitimate threat and watch that team rise to greatness.
ALL THAT BEING SAID. I see it happening again! Let’s wind back the clock a few years:
· 2010 – 11 Season: Mavericks v Heat
· 2011 – 12 Season: Heat v Thunder
· 2012 – 13 Season: Heat v Spurs
· 2013 – 14 Season: Spurs v Heat
· 2014 – 15 Season: Warriors v Cavaliers
· 2015 – 16 Season: Cavaliers v Warriors
LeBron is the common element in this scenario in that for the past six seasons, LeBron led teams have been in the Finals. Now a consistent team in the West has a legitimate chance to be consistent. The last two seasons alone have been exciting for all the plotlines interwoven in the season. I AM NOT SUGGESTING THAT THE NBA IS SCRIPTED; however, the story is one of note. The rise of Golden State in the West, the Apology tour of LeBron James coming home and taking a team destined for the lottery to the FInals twice and Championship once. Many were already anticipating the Trilogy reminiscent of Lakers and Celtics of old and then KD throws his name in the hat and now all we can say is.. IT’S ON!!
This season may be dull for a moment, that will pass once Golden State faces their first real loss. You see it now and LeBron sees it with the fevered insistence on bringing the band back together. The pleas to sign JR is a message that we are going back to the days where teams determined success and not just one or two players. Owners can no longer gamble on the notion of a star player and a bunch of role players. Left unchecked, Golden State has the chance to win multiple championships and other teams will be forced to used their resources wisely to counter that.
KD didn’t hurt the league, he probably singlehandedly saved it…