Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors the 2014-15 NBA champions. The league has shifted and also have caused a rift among individual fan bases. The NBA has spent the last 10 years marketing Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. With the new age of NBA basketball upon us it is clear that marketing will have to change and how the fans receive certain players will not be anything that we have seen in the last 20 years.
Can fans get used to having TEAMS marketed as oppose to players? The league has become more team oriented which started with the San Antonio Spurs and now the Warriors In the bay area. Clearly the team aspect of the NBA is something that has been missing as a whole since the late 80s up until the early 2000s.
The Warriors are unique in that they have players that could be major parts of other teams but with players like Andre Iguodala taking minor roles as compared to his earlier career, and Klay Thompson who could easily be a star on another team it seems the team aspect is in effect and not stopping anytime soon. This Warriors squad may have a deep run in the next 8 years because of their depth.
Similar to the late 80s Detroit Pistons who had players like Mark Aguirre take a lesser role to be on a championship caliber team. Mark Aguirre was a star with the Mavericks scoring 20+ points per game before going to the Bad Boys. This Warriors team is real similar to that Piston’s squad in that depth is what won games and neutralized star driven teams who relied on one guy to score. Yes Cleveland and Lebron will be back with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving but can they achieve the depth that teams like Golden State has to withstand a 7 game series? If not this could be the beginning of a new dynasty and a changing of the guard.