Ask any old school basketball player from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s; they’ll tell you that this new age of NBA is very soft and selfish. perennial all-stars have the mind-set that they’re irrelevant if they don’t have a championship. More and more players are looking to join former adversaries to try to win. Players now are so quick to look at who they can line up next to. This “Super Team” era is taking away from the competitiveness of the game. Having 4 all-stars on the same team isn’t a good thing and sometimes it feels like we’re watching an exhibition game. The “hard-nosed” era of basketball is over. There will never be another “bad boy” Pistons or Bird Vs. Magic rivalry.
Charles Barkley never won an NBA championship and you never saw or heard him calling Michael Jordan telling him they should team up. Karl Malone and John Stockton never cashed it in for an easy trip to the Finals. Same with Patrick Ewing. Beating Jordan is what fueled Barkley, Malone, Stockton and Ewing to compete so hard. And guess what? None of them thought they were unsuccessful because they didn’t win a championship.
I mean, we could be down to basically a one or two-team league, and at some point the fans are going to say, ‘Enough is enough. Why am I watching, or buying tickets, if we’ve only got three or four good teams in the NBA?’ That concerns me- Charles Barkley
Seven game series, bloody nose playoff games used to be a common occurrence but now are dwindling by the year. Every season we are pretty much expecting to see Lebron Vs. Durant and Curry in the finals. Let’s face it the average fan doesn’t want to watch the playoffs if we pretty much know the outcome. Charles has it spot on, this is hurting the NBA. The NBA needs to figure out a solution fast or the problem is only going to worsen. Commissioner Silver has his hands full figuring out how to change this trend.
Would be nice to see some more disparity in the NBA. Give more power to some of the smaller market teams to regain some of the balance that used to be in the NBA. NBA playoffs used to be a lot more interesting and exciting because you didn’t know the outcome. You were also guaranteed to see one or two skirmishes per game, that was also fun for a fan to watch!