Some NBA Team’s Fantasy

             I think I might have pulled it off in NBA Live 2005, but that was when they were all a lot younger.  The “they” refers to Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and the “it” refers to getting them all on the same team.  Three of the top 10 players in the NBA and two of the top five could all join the same team next season.

            Admittedly the operative word is could and I’m not about to explain the complicated logistics that would make this plausible for one of the few teams with anywhere near enough cap space to consider this.

            I am about to explain how this would be terrible for basketball. 

            In the past, champions of the major sports leagues have been determined by players that have been members of the team for an extended period of time.  Think of all the iconic names in sports—they’re associated with a single team: Russell? Celtics. Jordan? Bulls. Bradshaw? Steelers. DiMaggio? Yankees. 

            For three new guys (or maybe two if they end up in Miami), to win a championship says nothing about the team.  It just says they happened to get lucky to have enough cap space to get the players.

            An NBA Dream Team is great for the Olympics because it brings the country together to watch the world’s best.  The problem is American sports fans already have their own favorite teams and lose interest in the sport when their teams lose.

            It is true that basketball’s best days were before expansion when the concentration of the league’s best players was denser: Bird, McHale, Parish, Walton; Chamberlain, Baylor, West and Goodrich.  But these teams had titanic counterparts that could meet them in the finals and make a game of it. 

            If Lebron, Wade and Bosh create their own dream team, they will win the championship.  Guaranteed.  Who will compete?  On paper, even the Lakers will be outclassed.  It doesn’t matter who else is on the team, and on a team like that, solid veterans might come play for the minimum just to get a ring.

            Will anyone watch a foregone conclusion?  Sure, it would be cool to see all those great players on the court, but it will be cool like All-Star Weekend.  They will not be tested and there will be no iconic moments with this team.  No Jordan over Russell, no Bird steals the ball, no Magic skyhook. 

            The friendship of teammates might be good for players, but from a fan’s perspectives, I would prefer a heated rivalry.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lisa on July 9, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Looks like you predicted correctly! Also, I told my dad how you said it would be bad for the NBA and he said you’re just upset because now the Celtics are threatened. =]

    Reply

  2. Posted by Dave on July 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    This blog was better when the writers wrote shit

    Reply

  3. Posted by A on July 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I think the real dream come true is the invention of cupcakes. Thats why sport players are successfull

    Reply

  4. Posted by A on July 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    😉

    Reply

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