Welp, here we are yet again. The rich just keep getting richer. And this comes to show that if you can’t beat them, join them.
“The toughest thing for me is to get on TV and fake it for 7 months that it’s not going to be the Warriors and Cavs in the finals again.”
Last year, these were the words of Inside the NBA analyst Charles Barkley, who famously said this before the NBA season started. Oh boy, I can’t wait for what he has to say this year.
I mean, seriously. This is almost the same exact type of bulls**t Kevin Durant pulled nearly two years ago, and you want to know what’s worse this time? DeMarcus Cousins essentially took a $15 million pay-cut compared to what the Pelicans offered him right after he tore his achilles. This is f***ing ring-chasing at its finest. It’s almost as if the Warriors have hopped on NBA2K, and basically have force-signed (if there is such a thing) Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins to their team. It’s getting out of hand.
I do get it though. If no other team offered me a good deal I would do the same thing and prioritize winning over how much money I could get with my original team or another team.
As an NBA fanatic myself, my expectations for this upcoming season when LeBron James signed with the Lakers ramped up, (low-key because my Raptors now have a shot of getting out of the Eastern Conference, LOL). But now, in light of these devastating news, it’s not really fun knowing who’s going to win the NBA Finals before the season is even underway.
“They might as well cancel the NBA season. Can we just get our paychecks for the year now?”
Going back to the Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins comparison, let’s analyze both these moves and the circumstances behind them. Both of them joined a team which was absolutely loaded with talent and were leaving behind young, up and coming teams. However, what Kevin Durant did not do was accept a contract that was paying him far below what he was earning in OKC. Durant also had the excuse that he actually had done so much before copping out on his former team, such as winning MVP and leading his team to the NBA Finals.
On the other hand, Cousins has done nothing both with the Kings and Pelicans and has left a generational big man to carry his own team again to a playoff seed. Like I said before, this is the weakest, piece of s**t move someone could make; and at the same time, he’s managed to give a big F-You to all the teams who did not want to sign him.
What does this mean for the rest of the NBA?
It’s rather simple, really. It means that there is probably no longer a decent sense of parity in this league. When the Warriors were just asserting their dominance, they had their Death Lineup, which consisted of MVP-form Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, and Andrew Bogut. They eventually managed to absolutely s**t on the rest of the league with a 73-9 record in the 2015-16 season. Eventually, it evolved into what’s called the Hampton Lineup, which swapped out Harrison Barnes for Durant. The Warriors went to nearly sweep the playoffs. With the addition of Cousins now, this can literally dub itself the “All Star Lineup”. It’s absolutely ridiculous.
I’ve just made you realize that over the course of two years, they’ve managed to swap out Barnes and Bogut, now role player and free agent respectively, for two All Stars in Durant and Cousins. They’ve kept up this level of dominance with role players in their starting lineups (Bogut, Javale McGee, Andre Iguodala, Festus Ezeli, Zaza Pachulia). Imagine what they can do with 5 god-damn All Stars as their starters. It’s almost too unfair. To sum this up, it means the NBA is f****d. The Evil Empire will most likely go 82-0 and sweep the playoffs.
Is there even a way to stop them?
The sad part about this for me personally is that despite the fact that LeBron James has moved on to different endeavors with the Lakers, this superteam poppycock has come back to bite him in the a**. After all, he was the one who started this nonsense when he joined the Heat back in 2010 after he was inspired by the Pierce, KG, and Allen-led Celtics who constantly whipped him up. Bron-Bron took a massive paycut in order to team up with Flash and the Dinosaur. Together, they managed to win two rings and happily f**k off into enjoying the twilight of their careers, whether it be retiring, being the king of a whole conference, or chugging along as a sixth man. And now, just as The King of The East manages to go west it all blows up in his face.
Moving on, as to the question of if there is even a way of stopping them. On paper, the Warriors of this upcoming season look borderline unstoppable. I mean, how can you? They’ve got the right combination of floor-stretchers, defensive stoppers, elite paint protectors and guys who live at the free throw line. If a team like the Boston Celtics or the Houston Rockets who have great coaching, great chemistry, and sometimes may have luck on their side, like KG said, “Anything is possible.” If the Great Ottoman Empire managed to collapse, then the 2018-19 Warriors can fall too.