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Is the NBA in trouble because of the Warriors?

Jason Huber
July 03, 2018 - 2:49 pm
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Since the news broke on Twitter Monday night that four-time NBA all-star DeMarcus Cousins would sign the with the back-to-back NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, NBA fans have lost their minds.

Some have threatened to boycott the league and others are begging commissioner Adam Silver to veto the signing. 

Despite working his way back from an Achilles tear this past season, Cousins not only joins an already dominant team that has won three of the last four championships and made four straight finals, but he joins the team on a mid-level exception for one-year worth only $5.3 million.

Cousins is worth way more than that even if his Achilles injury causes him to be just 70 percent of the player he once was. The Warriors now become the first team since the 1975-76 Boston Celtics to have a whole starting-five that was an all-star the previous year. 

Many feel that the 2019 NBA season is concluded and no team even has a shot to beat Golden State. Some fans were excited on Sunday when LeBron James decided to leave Cleveland again and join the Los Angeles Lakers because it brought some parity to the league. 

Houston could have knocked off the Warriors this season. They were a Chris Paul injury away from doing it. Right when players, teams and fans began to have some hope that the league could dethrone Golden State, Cousins makes them that much better.

This may not make the league look good right now, but it doesn't ruin the NBA. The Warriors will most certainly win their third straight championship and fourth in five years, but the dominance will pass sooner than later

It always has passed.

Dominance has continually been a characteristic of the NBA. From the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls and Lakers, the league has had a small list of teams that could potentially win every year.

The reason this feels different is that those dynasties were built from the ground up. 

Golden State built their 2015 NBA Championship team. That team went 73-9 the year after before losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals.

Since then, the Warriors have only gotten more dominant by convincing players to sign for less. That includes MVP superstar Kevin Durant. 

Golden State has taken advantage of the NBA salary cap rules. Veterans minimum and mid-level tax exceptions are an example of ways Golden State can sign all these players despite being over the NBA salary cap. 

Eventually, this will have to end. Whether Adam Silver steps in and changes the salary cap rules, or the Warriors can't fit together anymore and a player or two decide to go their separate ways.

I can easily see this happening sooner rather than later. A dynasty is always thrilling to watch, but when a team like the Warriors takes it overboard and doesn't even give other teams a chance, it makes the league unbearable to watch. 

If Cousins plays anything close to what he was before his injury, Golden State won't have enough money to sign him. Klay Thompson could leave and you never know what type of friction can begin to poison a locker room. 

Injuries are another huge factor in what can happen. Curry doesn't have the best ankles. 

So yes, it may suck that the Warriors have become this good. But before you protest or decide to boycott the league, just wait it out. Eventually, someway, somehow, the league will either even out or become dominated by another team.

Nothing lasts forever. 
 

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