The NBA regular season is a bore for the average fan. Really, who cares about the Milwaukee Bucks battling the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 43 of 82 here in Western New York? The old-timers are 100 percent correct when they say the league is “watered down.”
A salary cap has not prevented teams from star-building. This is a league of the haves and have-nots. If you’re the 76ers (or any bottom-feeder), your only most logical chance at competing is to tank for a half-decade, accumulate Top 5 picks and hope those picks pan out.
But you know what? It all makes this time of year a thing of beauty. This year’s championship – the Cleveland Cavaliers (in all likelihood) vs. either Golden State or Oklahoma City – will be packed with the best of the best of the best.
Want a guard who makes three-pointers resemble lay-ups? There’s Steph Curry. Want a modern-day Magic Johnson (with more snarl)? There’s LeBron James. Want two legitimate MVP candidates on the same team? There’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
I love March Madness. But you won’t have 19-year-olds dribbling the ball off their knee to decide important games in the NBA Finals.
The haves will make this a final to remember.