I think it is important to understand why the Warriors are able to put such an All Star team on the court because of a new contract between the NBA and ESPN worth $24 billion, according to a recent Sports Illustrated article. Now, with so much money in the NBA after this deal, the players association, headed by Chris Paul and his VP, Lebron James, decided to not ease the players into this money. The players association decided to make the players available to all of this money rather than an incremental increase in salaries at the proposed 8%. This means that teams have more money for players. As a result, a team like the Warriors, who had plenty of money before the new ESPN deal, have even more purchasing power; however this is true for the rest of the league as well. The Cavaliers picked up players to surround Lebron with capable outside shooters.
The important fact to remember though is that the NBA is designed to disrupt ‘super-teams’. The Celtics with their big three couldn’t survive long; the Miami heat with Wade, Bosh and James couldn’t survive the massive luxury taxes. The Warriors are faced with this same dilemma oldie the coming year as Steph and KD must resign or face free-agency. Steph currently makes very little when compared to what he has accomplished, and KD, if he hopes to stay with the Warriors, which he has voiced his intention to do so, he will have to accept a much lower salary. Despite the $24 billion deal, team are still daunted by the rising luxury taxes, and the Warriors are not an exemption.
This all means basically that the Warriors are able to have so many all stars because of the higher slarary cap, but they are still victim to the rules of the NBA.
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In terms of why I support the Warriors, I see their play style to be conducive to winning games. The Cavaliers win with grit, toughness, and Lebron James; however the Warriors win with contributions from everyone, the starters, the bench, and the coaching staff.
I also would like to take the time to appreciate the coaching staff and executive office of the Warriors, an aspect I think the Cavaliers are not as strong in. Jerry West saw potential in players nobody saw potential in, and he and his team worked a system that changed the game of basketball. Flashy offense fueled by lockdown defense and high soaring three pointers drives Oracle arena crazy. Lebron James himself didn’t even change the game, while he is the greatest player in the NBA now and has been for a while, he has never made such an impact on he game as has the Warriors and Steph Curry.