If you're a fan of watching NBA teams dominate the competition, you're in luck! The 2016-17 Golden State Warriors should be your favorite team ever. The rest of us, though, have to put up with the league's latest super-team for the next nine months.
Listen, the Warriors are going to be an amazing collection of basketball talent. Even the most diehard haters will have to admit just how good this team is. But that doesn't mean they'll make for a compelling regular season. Between the inevitability and the potential hand-wringing when things go wrong, these will be trying times for fans of the other 29 teams in the NBA. Here are five reasons Kevin Durant's arrival in the Bay Area might have you changing the channel this year.
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They are going to be everywhere -- TV, radio, podcasts, just everywhere
If there's an NBA game on national television this season, chances are it will feature the Warriors. Of the roughly 80 days with games on ABC, ESPN and TNT, Golden State will appear 28 times -- more than one out of every three opportunities. Or, to put it another way, more than 33 percent of the Warriors' total games will be on national television.
It's not just the games themselves, though. Any time you try to listen to a podcast or studio show for NBA analysis, people will be talking about the Warriors. Is Stephen Curry the team's best player? Is it Kevin Durant? Can either of them hold a candle to LeBron James? Is Klay Thompson angry about having to sacrifice shots? Does Draymond Green want to hit someone in the gonads? Is Steve Kerr healthy? Hey, David West! Let's talk about David West!
I'm all for educated basketball talk. I also understand that the very best teams tend to drive the conversation. Hell, I was guilty of focusing on the Warriors too much last year, and that was before they added KD. This season will be unbearable when it comes to trying to have a conversation about anyone other than the Warriors.
They travel more than anyone else (and not just on planes)
I have to admit that I don't actually have the data on this. I'm not sure there are numbers for "uncalled travels," at least not in the public realm. But NBA stars have become way too good at pushing the envelope with the league's rather loose traveling rules, and no one is better at it than Curry, Durant and Klay Thompson. Just check out this video from earlier in the week where Curry showed off a new behind-the-back crossover move. While we were all losing our minds over how cool that move was, observant fans were pointing out that Curry clearly travels. Yet if he did that in a game, do you really think the officials would call it?
The refs are way too busy watching the Warriors set illegal screens and try to gain every advantage elsewhere on the court. They're probably not going to catch Curry and Thompson shuffling their feet to gain an extra bit of advantage.
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They will take absolutely awful shots
Of course, when you hit at a 40 percent clip, it's tough to argue that they're truly "awful" shots. Any old-school basketball fan is going to lose their mind this season, however, when the Warriors hoist even more attempts from beyond 30 feet. At some point, when the wins are piling up and the game feels too easy, Golden State's shooters will take it upon themselves to treat the 3-point line like their own private competition. Meanwhile, they'll ignore open players under the basket, because "3 is greater than 2!" That's the logic that makes it so that any 3-pointer the Splash Bros. attempt is a good shot to analytics people, right?
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There will be unnecessary, petty drama and in-fighting
The only thing worse than watching a team that's not your favorite NBA squad acquire all of the best players is watching it squander that talent. It's one of the reasons so many people continued to mock LeBron James even after he won two titles in Miami. That first Finals loss to the Mavs was a bad, bad look for the King and his Heat. And a lot of that first-season failure was the direct result of LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Erik Spoelstra not making things work. Remember LeBron's infamous "shoulder bump" vs. Coach Spo? Of course you do!
Thanks to Draymond Green's presence in Golden State, we're almost certainly in for another round of deciphering body language. More than even Thompson, Green will likely have to sacrifice touches to make this team work. He'll say the right things publicly, but we know Draymond. He's an emotional man who fuels the Warriors. At some point in 2016-17, he's going to call out the team for some perceived slight, and we're going to spend the ensuing weeks dissecting every frame of footage we have and every unnamed source willing to air Golden State's dirty laundry. It should be fun.
They're going to win the whole damn thing
With all of the drama, and all of the traveling, and all of the horrid shots, the Warriors are practically a lock to win the whole thing. They have too much talent, and the coaching is among the best in the NBA. This isn't like past superteams that had to figure out ways for players with overlapping skills to make it work. Durant is a perfect fit in Golden State. The rest of us are simply playing for second.