The NBA Finals could have been worse

by Cleveland Frowns on July 2, 2017

As tempting as it was for sports fans to think that the greatest basketball player of all time would be able to overcome the popular notion that the 2017 NBA Finals would be dictated by basic math, it was not to be. On one hand, adding Kevin Durant to a team with the previous year’s MVP and two more all-stars makes for boring basketball. On the other, good for Durant for asserting his independence from the NBA’s largely parasitic owner-class and exposing that the league’s salary cap is much less a way to ensure competitive balance than it is a way for owners to keep from sharing profits with players.

Of course, the player who’s worth more to his “owner” than any other is as aware as ever of the injustice in this state of affairs, as well as his “owner’s” responsibility for creating it. Remember, during the 2011 lockout, Dan Gilbert “led the charge of owners seeking supreme tax penalties on superteams, making them nearly impossible to maintain.” Not only do these penalties and related salary restrictions keep LeBron from recruiting or joining with enough stars to match the Warriors’ roster, they also keep him from earning more than a fraction of what he’s worth. And yesterday, in response to news that the Warriors are worth $2.1 billion more than they were when Joe Lacob bought the franchise only 7 years ago, LeBron tweeted that Steph Curry should be making $80 million per year. “Tell me again why there’s a cap on how much a player should get??,” he said. “Don’t answer that.”
LeBron on salary cap

Which makes for an interesting backdrop to whatever is going on between LeBron and Gilbert these days. Inequality wrought by the death of labor power has wrecked so much else in America, why wouldn’t it do the same to the NBA? If LeBron really wants to “strive for greatness,” there’s probably only one way. Increased awareness of these issues isn’t the worst thing to result from an NBA Finals series, even though the Warriors are still, in many respects, a disgrace. Nor, of course, is the fact that Eric Mangini’s 2009 Browns remain the owners of the greatest 4-game win streak in Cleveland sports history.

70 days of peace remain until the Browns kick off the 2017 season against the Steelers in Cleveland. Hope everyone makes the most of them.

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    Also, I deeply apologize for having compared Tristan Thompson to Dennis Rodman. There are people who were very right to have been upset about this and my respect goes to them.

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