Did LABron break the NBA?

By Brandon Bush

 

Well, basketball fans, do you want the good news or the bad news first?

The good news is that the four-year monopoly on the NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers may finally be over. The bad news, however, is that every single future NBA Finals will be won by the Western Conference by one of two teams: the Golden State Warriors or the new home of King James – the Los Angeles Lakers.

After much speculation as well as the yearly controversy surrounding LeBron James after losing another championship, the King has finally pulled the trigger and left the Cavaliers for dead a second time. James will now take his talents to one of the two most storied franchises in the league, an almost suitable move for someone considered by many to be “the greatest of all time.”

The first thing I want to say is that if I didn’t dislike LeBron before, I sure do now.

I despise the Los Angeles Lakers; in my mind, they are as reprehensible as the New Orleans Saints, the University of Alabama and any National League East team not located in Atlanta. My favorite NBA team, as well as my favorite team in the West, is the San Antonio Spurs while my favorite East team is the Boston Celtics, so I have plenty of reason to loathe that oversized shanty town in California that the trash Lakers call home.

But biases aside, how do I actually feel about “LABron?”

Honestly, it’s not so much the fact that James abandoned his people yet again to join a storied franchise. Considering the money he’s making and the chance to jumpstart a new team, I wouldn’t blame anybody for making a decision like that. What actually bugs me, however, is the fact that the evil empire of the NBA – the Golden State Warriors – felt the need to continue to load their team with superstars.

You could argue it’s just being a good GM. It’s clear the front office of the Warriors has certainly done its job to the letter and beyond. It takes one heck of a franchise to pull in Kevin Durant when you’re already a championship-caliber team with the lethal “Splash Brothers” (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) on your side.

But, despite the fact I don’t want to join the “NBA is unfair” bandwagon, who out there is actually going to enjoy the next few seasons other than Warriors fans?

Perhaps if you’re just passionate about the sport of basketball, you might find the idea of a team this powerful building the next great NBA empire exciting. For the rest of us, however, there is nothing to get excited about.

There is a claim among the King’s court that the decision to add DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins is because of the Warrior’s “fear” of James. This claim is odd to me. Why would the Warriors be scared of James when they are 3-1 in the four consecutive Warriors-Cavs Finals that have taken place?

Also, who on the Lakers is really going to help LeBron out? Lonzo Ball? LeBron will probably drive him out just because he gets sick of his dad. Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma or Josh Hart? They all may be traded for God knows what.

The Lakers added a treacherous snake – I mean, Rajon Rondo – who’s not only had a laughable career since leaving the Celtics but has also made no secret that he has had beef with James in the past. There’s also the possibility of another treacherous snake – I mean, Kawhi Leonard – ending up on Team James, but that is a whole can of worms in and of itself.

There is also the question of whether James can handle the competition in the Western Conference. The balance of power between the East and West is far from stable and more dominance has been shown from western teams, which is partially why James usually just runs right through the competition (minus a scare from the Celtics and Pacers this year).

These are just a few of my many thoughts on what has been going on since LABron happened. So, is the league actually broken?

I think with the rise of teams such as the Rockets in the West and the Celtics in the East, there is still a chance for some tough competition for each of these teams. As long as that chance remains, I don’t believe the league is broken and, despite hating the fact that the Warriors are more loaded and that Laker LeBron won’t be any better than in Cleveland, I think the possibility of other teams rising up definitely exists.

Or, I could be wrong and we will be stuck with either the Warriors or Lakers winning the championship every single year.

Whatever. Go Spurs.

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