2016-2017: NBA Season – What a Strange Trip
Since I’m a day late with any sort of thoughts about the Golden State Warriors winning NBA Finals in five games (Thanks Green Bay trip), why not recap the season versus the last game of the year. The 2016-2017 NBA season will be one that will be remembered by local fans here in Milwaukee to fans all over the United States. It brought us the trilogy we all hoped for as well as the era of the triple-double. It also may be pushing the league into flux with out of control contracts and super teams.
Milwaukee’s love of basketball returns
This is the most exciting thing that happened during the NBA season. Milwaukee Bucks are relevant again to a great number of people in the city and surrounding areas. You see Giannis jerseys pop up everywhere like you used to with Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. Good luck trying to get marquee games next year on a whim, it’s not happening. Bucks’ future is bright, and they cannot take a step backward next year heading into a new arena.
The NBA’s Godfather III
Yep, Warriors-Cavs round three stunk because Golden State are too good. We’ve already taped a podcast where we talk about how the greatness shouldn’t be overshadowed, but it did dilute the Finals. Kevin Durant did come through as a shining star, and I truly believe he might run it back next year yet Durant will find a new team. Who’s that team? It’s a great mystery to what could be a WILD 2018 summer
Triple-Doubles are not uncommon anymore
NBA saw a change in statistics with the triple-double becoming a regular occurrence. Russell Westbrook and James Harden did the most work this NBA season to bring the triple-double into an every night thing. What’s cool about the league is anyone can put a crazy stat line on any given night. The pace of play is so damn good right now that it makes for a very easy product to watch.
League has to be worried about Warriors
While the league won’t come out and say it, they don’t want three or four super teams with everyone else in the dust. The league will need to fix their cap system to block this kind of thing from happening again. It’s different to have two or three major players on a team versus four. What’s interesting here is Steph Curry is a free agent this summer. Do I think he would head home and play for Charlotte? Probably not, but I do think Klay Thompson needs to be moved to make Steph work in Golden State. This would honestly balance things out a little bit as well in the league. There’s no way all four fit.
Goodbye NBA, I’m sure the summer will not be quiet.