By: Andrew Nason
What's one thing that people generally hate? I've got an answer for you. SPOILER ALERTS!!! What if you had never seen or even heard of Star Wars, and as you're watching the original trilogy, someone tells you that (warning, spoiler alert coming here) Darth Vader is actually Luke Skywalker’s father? If it was me, I would be pretty pissed off, and wouldn't be as excited about watching the rest of the movie, hell I may not even finish it.
Kevin Durant signing with the Golden State Warriors this past off-season was the biggest spoiler alert to ever hit the NBA. At that moment, the Super Team of this generation was born. The Warriors now had the 2nd best player on the planet (Durant), the reigning 2 time MVP (Steph Curry), the ultimate super villain (and all around all star player Draymond Green) and the 3 point assassin Klay (can drop 30 plus in a quarter at any random time) Thompson, to go along with a top notch supporting cast featuring the star of the bottom of our high school class JaVale McGee, the soon to be overpaid Ian Clark, the guy with my favorite name in the league Zaza Pachulia, the guy who's ex I would never even think of hitting on in Matt Barnes (he signed mid-season), and the seemingly ageless wonders Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, and David West.
Despite LeBron's Cavaliers being the reigning champs, having beat these same Durant-less Warriors in the finals the year before, overcoming a 3-1 deficit, this new super team was the favorite to win the title for the 2016-2017 season, and anyone with the tiniest bit of basketball knowledge could have told you that.
We all knew what would happen, the Warriors would run the West, likely surpass last year’s record setting win total (they didn't, maybe the only surprise of the season), and meet the Cavaliers in the finals for a 3rd straight season, and get their revenge. Aside from the record win total, they did just that, and if it weren't for one offensive explosion by the Cavs in game 4, they almost single handedly destroyed LeBron James, the best player in the world currently and 2nd best of all time's legacy.
And here's the thing, the same thing is going to happen next season!
The Warriors will sign KD and Curry of course, to lose that Core 4 of players when they have the space to sign them would be the biggest mistake in the history of sports management. After that, they'll fill out the roster with rookies and veteran minimum contracts, and begin their quest for a 3rd title in 4 years. The Cavs aren't going to get much better, best case they can make it a more competitive series, and no one else in the east is ready to overtake them (sorry Celtics fans).
The 2017-2018 NBA season is a story ready to unfold, and I already know how this story ends. It ends with the Golden State Warriors, a team I used to root for and now despise, celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Trophy. And unless something drastic changes, it will be the same result for the next 3 or 4 seasons.
I already know what's going to happen, so why should I even care to watch? It’s baseball season anyway.