The End is near for Golden State
No, the sky is not falling for the rest of the NBA because The Warriors signed all world Center Demarcus Cousins to a 1-year deal last week. Quite the opposite- this move to me- shows the end is near for Golden State. Why? Simply put- a true all-star team does not work in the NBA. You need role players and guys who can play without shooting the ball 25 times. Hell, this team shows the value of Draymond Green. He does the garbage work. How are you going to make this work with a team killing malcontent looking to cash in for big bucks? He is a ball dominant player who has played on 1 winning team in 8 seasons. And oh- he is coming off a torn Achilles tendon – an awful injury for any player, let alone someone who is not going to be confused with Mr. Olympia anytime soon.
Golden State is a great, great team but do not forget The Houston Rockets had a 3-2 lead in the conference finals then Chris Paul went down. They have 3-star players—Cousins, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson- who can be free agents after the 18-19 season. They are hated throughout the league and get everyone’s best effort. And they make few friends with the officials, the team racks up technical fouls like victories. They have been incredibly fortunate with injuries and are due for some bad… things. The law of averages had to hit them.
I am a big Pat Riley fan. He talks about the Disease of More--- the idea that winning leads to players wanting more- for them- money, shots, fame- and that over rides …winning. They focus on themselves not sacrificing for the team. And in pro sports, talent does not win alone- talent can lose to a team that is both talented, together and HUNGRY. The NBA is hard. You need the team on the same page and we have seen Warriors Coach Steve Kerr grow frustrated with his team not showing up, He famously had them coach a game to keep the guys stimulated. Father time is undefeated and wears down teams not just bodies.
Golden State is a great roster and organization. But the NBA is tough and has many great players. Lebron James is lurking in Los Angeles with Magic Johnson. The top young team in the NBA adds two all stars in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to a team that lost in Game 7 of the conference finals. The 76ers have an up and coming roster in Philly, Oklahoma City is dangerous, and Houston won 65 games. The league is better than you think, and I am betting on the field not the team. Take the other teams. You can have Golden State.
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