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While NBA Commissioner Adam Silver completely supports Kevin Durant’s recent decision to leave Oklahoma City and join the Golden State Warriors, he does not believe that having only a couple of “super teams” is the best way to go for the league.
Silver said that he doesn’t think that it’s “ideal” from a league standpoint to have only a handful of teams every year who could win a title and he would rather have a lot more competition in the league.
He also denied that the NBA prefers this situation, in which there are only a couple of teams in each conference that are good enough to compete for a title.
Durant played for the Oklahoma City Thunder his whole career and decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors this offseason. The Thunder lost to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals last season and seemed to be the only team in that conference that stood a chance of taking them out.
On the other side, there’s the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, who are clearly the best team in that conference by a very significant margin and are defending league champions.
The fact that Durant went to the Warriors makes a lot of people believe that next season is already decided – that the Warriors and Cavs will meet in the finals again in 2017 and that the rest of the league is essentially playing to see who is third or fourth best.