Who would have ever thought back in the 90s when Fantasy Sports became so popular that the leagues were watching so closely? Well, that’s exactly what they did and they have spoken.
Welcome fans to the new era of the NBA, of should we say the FBA, the Fantasy Basketball Association.
After the moves of the last few seasons, NBA betting on Top Bet has become an art form. Gamblers everywhere are now trying to pick how much a team will win by, rather than who will win. In David Stern’s NBA, there are haves and have-nots.
With Dwight Howard now joining Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash in Los Angeles, along with the (“not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4…”) Miami Heat, the NBA Finals are all but set up months before the season even starts.
Boston fans have become used to being told that the Celtics started this trend but I would hardly say that Paul Pierce after 10 seasons in Boston being paired up with a mid-30s Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen was a super power. They are players who brought together their team-first attitude and hard work ethics and made a Championship. The super power teams of today are made up of players fans would h ave only planned to see playing together on NBA 2K12.
The NBA continues to head in the wrong direction. Instead of spreading out the greatness, it is being concentrated and as the league loses fans in those markets that simply cannot keep up, contraction is almost imminent at some point.
David Stern may support the super teams or he may not. No one knows. A betting man would definitely believe he does enjoy it. Takes a lot of heat off his referees if the players are making the winning decisions for him and it is all about the playoffs for Stern.
The regular season, for whatever reason, doesn’t matter to Stern. 82 games multiplied by 30 teams… Nah, we’re focused on the 2 months of postseason play. Bring together my best players and make them battle to the death (not literally, that’d be weird).
Get ready for another action packed NBA season folks, just don’t expect a whole lot of surprises.