NBA: Out with the old, in with the New

We knew it was coming but I don’t think anyone would have imagined it happening so quickly. The end to the veteran teams is here, whether you like it or not. We have already seen the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers crash out of the playoffs in the first two rounds.

Of the remaining teams there are two true veteran sides left, the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics and they are doing everything they can to prolong their stay at the top of the NBA food chain.

But there will come a time where the younger sides catch up and overtake them, it may have already happened. The part after that is the most frightening because you don’t know when your team will have a legitimate chance to compete for a championship again. It is evident that the Spurs – Lakers era has come to an end (that is if the Lakers don’t get Dwight Howard) Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant cannot put up the numbers they used to when they carried their teams.

It’s sad and depressing to think that sooner rather than later we will see our favorite players taking a back seat to younger talent. As their numbers decline, playing time gets reduced and if they chose not to retire we will be able to find them in another uniform sitting on the end of the bench like Shaquille O’Neal.

But there is a light to this, with all these old guys stepping aside there will be room for new and upcoming talent to fill that void and for current stars to win some silverware that may be the only thing missing from their trophy collection. Yes that’s directed specifically to LeBron, but I would love to Dwight and Kevin Durant to win the MVP and a championship during the next ten years while they are still in their primes.

There are very bright days ahead for the NBA, I wish I could say the same for the veteran teams mentioned as it is win now or possibly lose your chance for a long time.

Until next time..

D.B.

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Posted on May 10, 2011, in NBA and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Interesting take – I’m not sure I totally agree – except in the case of the Celtics. My God! They need a set of scooter-chairs to carry them in and off the floor.

    The Lakers will rebuild and Kobe has a lot of miles on him but just needs the right pieces and they can still win.

    Bynum and the Laker ensemble needs an overhaul badly. I don’t know what happened to San Antonio…great season but ran into a wrecking ball in Memphis.

    Youth is great right now but I think you’ll see player shifts and some rebuilding on the major teams. I like the coming of age story…let’s hope the parody stays true. I’m a little tired of Boston vs. LA.

    • Thanks for reading! I did put an extreme spin on this, but in reality all of the older teams can come back next year the way they are and earn a decent seed in the playoffs. However if they want to compete for championships I don’t see it happening with the current lineups.

  2. Bobby Charts

    i really would love dallas with dirk and kidd to win this year, but will see.

  3. I don’t think anyone is going to beat the Heat except the Heat. I guess Dallas has a legitimate shot but the laydown by the Lakers may soften them up.

    I’d be very wary of the winner of the OKC-Memphis series. I don’t see either of them laying down for anybody.

    • The Heat look very strong, that team is basically designed for playoff basketball. I totally agree with you that at this stage it is theirs to lose. All of the teams left in the playoffs aren’t going to be push overs, I think the most exciting part of the playoffs is still to come!

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