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How Lopsided this NBA Season has Been

Amber Wilson
June 02, 2017 - 1:31 pm

We're one game into the NBA finals, and how lopsided this NBA season has been has never been clearer. This matchup, between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, is the matchup we've expected to see for the last 220 days since the start of the regular season. More accurately, this is the predictable matchup we've expected to see for 333 days since Kevin Durant announced he was joining the Golden State Warriors.
Sure, it's historic to see two teams face each other in the Finals three years in a row. And yes, witnessing super teams play on the greatest basketball stage on the planet is something we, as sports fans, will never forget. And of course, we're watching the greatest basketball player of all time, Lebron James (don't @ me, Bro), versus a couple of the greatest basketball players of our time, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. Nevertheless, it's yawn-worthy to spend 333 days knowing exactly what we'll be watching this time of year.
Most people blame Kevin Durant or Lebron James for the lack of parity in the NBA due to their decisions to join or build super teams. I blame the media. It's the media who has spent years ripping apart athletes based solely on ring count. Typically, I'm a media apologist; after all, I'm a member of the media. But this incredible overemphasis on a player's ring count is what has led great players to pursue what the large majority of the media defines as "greatness" - rings. So if you're upset by the predictability of these playoffs, be upset at the narrative surrounding these great players, not at these great players themselves. They're just doing whatever they can to win some rings.

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