NBA Money: Who is to blame for this predictable playoff race?
David Stern woke up this morning, had his coffee, checks his emails, took his shower, and paid his refs. This has possibly been one of the most predictable NBA playoff races in recent memory. The underdogs were beaten handily; the bullies of the league prevail. To have a favorite in this year’s NBA playoffs is nearly under handing the game as opposed to previous years when the playoffs were filled with drama, passion, and the simple truth: The best team was the team that wanted it more. In today’s game, the simple truth is that the team with the most star power is the team that prevails. Is this fair? Yes and no. Today’s NBA is the perfect mirror image of the society that we live in. Nobody wants to really work for the prize anymore. The one with the most money has the bigger toys. Simply put, the underdog is the guy with the less amount of money. This is shown in the NBA. Milwaukee failed against Miami not only because of they simply were outplayed, but they were also outstarred. Imagine if Milwaukee would’ve fought against Indiana in the first round? It would’ve been a different story. I already know what you’re thinking at this point: the goal in the regular season is to get the highest seed possible in the playoffs, which will inevitably provide an easier route to the NBA finals (or at least it should). However, think of all the eighth seeded teams that have fought hard in the NBA finals, even though they would eventually lose the series. Think about the Golden State Warriors years ago. Remember them taking out the Dallas Mavericks behind a hungry Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson and co. Remember that they were the heavy underdogs throughout the end of the season, and also had less star power than Dallas. Simply put, they kicked the Mavericks Butt so bad that when Mark Cuban is asked about Oakland California, he weeps softly. In today’s NBA, those types of outcomes are as close to impossible as it has ever been in the NBA. With that, it has made the NBA somewhat boring to watch for many people.
As you’re reading this, ask yourself a simple question, who in the world can stop Miami from getting another championship this season? Who can keep San Antonio from coming out of the west? The minute Russell Westbrook went down; the Thunder watched their rematch with Miami sink faster than Jack Sparrow’s pirate ship. With that being said, San Antonio is the bully in the west that can’t be stopped. However, unless somebody dies in Miami, there’s nothing that can stop them from getting another championship. That is what is all comes down to. Who can we get mad at for this? Who can we point the finger at? How long do we have to wait for Miami to loosen their grip on the league? No one really knows. With that, we simply have no choice but to sit, wait, and write about how they can’t be stop.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to money. Let’s face it: Miami has all the money to keep great players. Indiana doesn’t. David stern realizes that the NBA is a business, his business. Knowing that, he treats the NBA just as any CEO would treat his company. Stern simply adjusts things around and pays the right people to keep the NBA profitable. Stern knows that the most profitable NBA finals right now will be San Antonio and Miami; expect San Antonio and Miami in the finals. The funny thing is, as I’m writing this, I’m watching ESPN First Take, with Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless Nearly dog fighting over the fact that Kevin Durant is not a great player because he’s been in the league and has not won a NBA championship. I now ask, how in the hell could he ever win an NBA championship in the same league as the current Miami Heat roster? It’s not fair to call Durant, or any superstar not in Miami (and there’s not many) out on not winning a championship. That’s simply not what David Stern wants. He wants whatever makes the most money. Hell, the only reason that he didn’t approve the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers a year ago was because of the fact that Stern knew that this would make the rest of the league obsolete until the playoffs. With that being said, Miami is Stern’s money maker, and will continue to be the NBA’s money maker until they disband. With that being said, let’s not blame our NBA solely on separate superstars. In the words of the notorious B.I.G, “More money, more problems”.