What would the likes of Jordan, Magic, or Chamberlain say (unscripted) about the current status of the NBA today?
Sadly, it’s taken success from my very own Cleveland Cavaliers this past off season to realize how much baloney has been filtered into the NBA. The players are all friends, joining together to create Big Threes, super teams and instant winners. Championships don’t seemed to be earned, unless you are the San Antonio Spurs, the last remaining fragment of greatness left in the NBA. The Spurs are a prime example of how the league was and always should be.
Don’t get me wrong, I was just as excited as you were for the return of the great LeBron James back to his hometown of Northeast Ohio. Also, I was just as jacked when we traded Andrew Wiggins for star power forward Kevin Love. But as the dust starts to settle, and the craziness has died down a bit before the season, it all seems a little wrong. A few players shifting the entire landscape of the league, favoring one team that was very bad the year before. Making a title contender of a team that was mediocre.
It’s weird…that shouldn’t happen in a professional sports league.
Unfortunately, I’m starting to feel like this shouldn’t be the way a Cleveland sports team is supposed to win a championship. It was supposed to be earned, not bought. Worked for, not assembled instantly. It’s funny, because the group of players on this Cavaliers squad are so good that I’m already counting on them to win a championship sometime in the near future. It’s practically a guarantee.
I almost feel like we’re cheating. Beating the system, so to speak. Once the winning actually starts to happen, I may lose this new-found vibe. Actually seeing this team on the floor together could be so awe-inspiring that I might forget how it was created.
But honestly, a Cavaliers championship, even multiple championships, may leave this city a little….unsatisfied.
Think about it.