Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Ha. Keep drafting the way you guys have the last couple of years and avoid giving guys like David Lee massive contracts, and you'll be in the upper echelon of the league as well. Might I remind you that you guys drafted Ike Diogu head of the main piece that went out in this deal. No Bynum, no Howard in LA. You make your own luck. See NYK.
Two factors are needed to build a winning squad: competence and luck. And we could go back and forth arguing over which of these two factors plays a larger role in a teams' success.
But my point is, once you actually acquire that elusive impact franchise player......it's almost impossible to retain him. That guy wants to either play in a sexy market or play with his friends on a superteam.
There's a palpable lack of parity.
And maybe that's just the nature of the sport. Maybe it's impossible to have competitive balance in a league where a single transcendent player can turn you from the worst team in the league to the best team in the league.
But then, what's the point if you're a fan of a mid-market team.
Is the ultimate goal, for me as a fan of the Warriors, to hope that one day this organization will have competent enough management and enough luck to somehow land a transcendent player............and then have a window of only four years to find other elusive pieces to complement this player....and then pray that the guy doesn't leave anyway for Los Angeles or to pair up with some other superstar player in some sexy market.
I know that the NBA will never be the NFL.
But the NBA as it's currently constituted is flawed. And they have no intention to do anything about it. The NBA prefers a league without parity because superteams are easier to sell to the casual fans or the bandwagon fans.
The distribution of talent in this league is too thin for there to be 30 teams.