It’s remarkable how NBA free agency can send the national sports media into a frenzy.
No, I’m not talking about LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers. We all expected that.
I’m talking about how every NBA writer is essentially awarding the 2019 Larry O’Brien Trophy to the Golden State Warriors after they signed DeMarcus Cousins last week.
Let’s pump the brakes a bit.
The Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy said the Warriors’ starting five of Cousins, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green has greatest-of-all-time potential.
Better than the 1986 Celtics? I don’t think so. Remember, Shaughnessy also said LeBron is better than Michael Jordan.
Let’s flash back to the summer of 2004 for a minute. The Lakers entered that season with a starting five that included four Hall of Fame-caliber players (Shaq, Kobe, Karl Malone, Gary Payton).
Everyone claimed the Lakers would just stomp over everybody. The Detroit Pistons had something to say about that, annihilating the Lakers in five games in the 2005 Finals.
Yes, the Warriors are talented. But so are the Celtics. Brad Stevens is arguably the best coach in the NBA. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will both be healthy come October, and Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are two of the best young players in the league.
Boston has been Golden State’s kryptonite during its dynasty, and should all roads lead to a Celtics-Warriors Finals next spring, Boston has what it takes to take down this Bay Area juggernaut.
Let’s also remember for all the talent Cousins has, he’s not the best locker room guy in the world. Maybe Steve Kerr can rectify that, but I’m not so sure Golden State is better with Cousins.
Golden State’s starting five is still pretty darn good, but let’s not put them up there with the 1986 Celtics or 1991 and 1996 Chicago Bulls just yet.
This blog was written by Ryan McLaughlin, a regular Sports Chowdah contributor.
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