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The reason why the NBA has suffered so many lockout seasons over the last few decades is that most of the people involved wanted to guide a league towards a more level playing field where everyone has the chance to compete.
When Kevin Durant decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors this Monday, all of those efforts became pointless.
It does not matter what you think about Durant’s decision; whether it was a cowardly move or something perfectly understandable, one thing is for sure – the league became insanely lopsided this Monday, with the Warriors on one side and everyone else on the other.
Barring injuries or a colossal clash of egos (not a serious possibility thanks to the Warriors’ culture and leadership), the Oakland team will breeze their way through the regular part of the season and perhaps drop a single game on their way to another Western Conference championship.
In the Finals, LeBron James will probably mount something of a resistance with his Cleveland Cavaliers, but a team that features Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and now Kevin Durant simply cannot be beaten.
It is a team that has rendered the rest of the league pretty much pointless.
And that sort of sucks.