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The Finals: Appreciate Greatness

Take a moment to appreciate what we are witnessing.

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA, recently phoned into the Colin Cowherd radio show, “The Herd” on FoxSports radio. The interview was scheduled by the show to pick Silver’s brain about the current state of the NBA. The most interesting part of the interview, in my opinion of course, was Silver’s perspective on “superteams”, aka, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.

Adam Silver likes the creation of these teams. “Why aren’t we appreciating greatness?” That was his question. The fact that the NBA and NBA Player’s Association have agreed on a collective bargaining agreement that allows for superteams to be created is important to consider. As a fan of the NBA, you have to understand that both of these teams loaded with stars and talent are completely fair in terms of the financials.

The commissioner touched on that in his interview. Kevin Durant signing a deal with the Warriors was completely valid. He had the right as a free agent to sign anywhere he wanted, the Warriors had the cap space to sign him for a specific amount of money. There shouldn’t be a fault on either side for teaming up to win games. Cleveland is the same way.

The Cavaliers had the cap space to sign their stars. The owner has the money to pay the luxury tax to keep these players on the roster, all of which is allowed by the NBA and the new collective bargaining agreement. The beauty of this league is that there are many different ways to build a roster using the salary cap as the ceiling.

We all should appreciate the greatness of these two teams. Of course, the players are exciting to watch and that’s also worth some appreciation. But the management and leadership to make these rosters complete are where a lot of NBA fans miss the greatness.

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Finals is now 3-0 with the Warriors looking to sweep the Cavaliers. That doesn’t make for a riveting series, but it shows the true greatness of the Warriors team. They have amazing players, two MVPs on one team, but the way they play basketball as a team is contagious. Teams are now trying to emulate the style of play they have mastered.

On the other side, the Cavaliers have a roster stacked with familiar players. Not only are the players recognizable, but they are truly great. Of course, there is LeBron. I don’t have to explain much there. But Kyrie Irving?! That dude is just nasty. I’ll say it right now, Kyrie Irving is the best finisher at the rim the game has ever seen. That duo combined for almost 80 points in Game Three. What?!

Just take the time to appreciate what we are watching. Game Four is tonight, tune in to see some amazing basketball. Regardless of the outcome, sweep or not, this basketball is fun to watch. As an NBA fan, we should appreciate greatness and the future of our league.