Are ‘superteams’ good for the NBA?
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Are ‘superteams’ good for the NBA?

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ESPN published a Chris Haynes report stating that LeBron James would be open to joining the Golden State Warriors if they had a max slot open, potentially creating an unstoppable superteam. These superteams can generate a lot of interest and show fans some of the best basketball they can ever see. However, making the NBA this top heavy is not good for small market teams, and is ruining the competitive balance. What do you think? 🏀

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Exciting basketball must be immoral now.

Superteams make the NBA better by giving fans basketball at the highest level. When fans watch the sport, they don't want to see one or two stars on a team. They want to see as many stars as possible because it's like watching a fantasy team in real life. Fans get to watch an unequaled basketball product and pour money into the league for it.

The Golden State Warriors are the best team in basketball, and the rest of the NBA should be thanking them. The Warriors play the game at the highest level with otherworldly shooting and seamless ball movement. This is the way basketball is supposed to be played.

The name recognition of this team gets more eyes on the league to see if anyone can contend with the Warriors. Or they get an audience to see what ridiculous achievement Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson or Draymond Green will accomplish. Either way, people are paying attention to the NBA because Golden State is so good.

It's not the Warriors fault the rest of the NBA can't keep up. If other teams want games to be close, maybe they should be competing harder instead of complaining about the boring games. Golden State should not apologize for being a "superteam." It makes the NBA better.

When a star leaves one team to join a franchise full of stars, it makes the NBA less competitive. Less competition means predictable game outcomes. More predictable outcomes mean a boring product. A boring product means less consumption. Superteams are ruining the NBA.

The Golden State Warriors might be the pinnacle of basketball, but no one is watching when games are over by halftime. What’s supposed to be the most exciting time of the NBA season has been marred by large deficits, and games that are out of hand. The NBA has become boring, and superteams like the Warriors are the source of that.

The Western Conference used to be the competitive conference in the league. Golden State essentially made it their conference when they brought Kevin Durant into the fold. That decision sets a bad precedent for other stars to leave their team to form more star-studded squads, causing the NBA to be more top heavy.

The Warriors' "superteam" has taken the drama out of the NBA, and replaced it with bored resignation. Golden State is bad for the NBA.

People act like superteams are a plague in the NBA. In truth, All-Stars coming together to give fans basketball at the highest level is the best thing to happen to the NBA.

Michael Jordan may not like superteams, but the players don't seem to mind. James was ousted by a superteam, and thinks they are great for the NBA:

I think it's great. It's great for our league. Look at our TV ratings. Look at the money our league is pouring in. Guys are loving the game. Our fans love the game.

People think super teams means an automatic winner. More often than not, these teams ruined the league by taking stars away from squads and still lose with bad play. Check out these superteams that did more harm than good.

The NBA is all about competition. If there is a guy better than you in the league, you put in the work to bury him. There should be a no-surrender mentality in the NBA, but instead, the league's best players are giving up.

Instead of creating their own legacies, they are sharing them with teammates they couldn't beat. That is weak, and it shouldn't be a part of the game. Alex Mullany at Sportskeeda has some thoughts on superteams and how they are ruining the game.

When players declare their eligibility for the NBA draft, it’s supposed to be a joyous occasion where the dream of playing in the NBA is achieved after many committed hours of hard work and dedication. Once playing, the thoughts of winning a championship come to mind. It brings the principle of working hard to accomplish your goals. By skipping that part in hopes you get on one of the superteams via trade or other methods, you morally want the easiest way of getting what the majority of others work hardest for.
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