The NBA (and sports fans in general) have a competitive balance issue on their hands. And Kevin Durant signing last offseason with the Golden State Warriors shattered the last illusion of parity that the NBA had.
In the interest of honesty, the idea of parity in the NBA is laughable, as only nine different teams have won titles within the last 17 years. And all of those nine teams carried familiar faces or names along with them: Shaq, Kobe, Tim Duncan, Lebron, ‘Sheed (Okay, that last one is a reach, but any time you can throw Rasheed Wallace into a post, you do it).
The closest the NBA ever came to parity was in the 1970s (7 different champions in a 10-year span), and people were so starved for any sort of break from dynasties in the league’s past that the Finals were televised on tape delay up until Larry Bird and Magic Johnson came along.
Which brings us along to Kevin Durant and his decision to ply his wares in Oakland, and along with that the (false) idea that Kevin Durant would be riding the coattails of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to an NBA Finals appearance. Even if that were the case, and this is something with a lot more nuance than 140 characters or quick hits on midday sports talk shows, there’s still one question to go along with that: who cares?