Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA title dispatching the best the league has to offer is a great thing. In the same way that Tim Duncan’s Spurs and Hakeem’s Rockets won, a new team winning the title refreshes the competition instead of regulating to the same franchises consisting around the Lakers and Celtics. The matchup gets stale unless you are a Lakers or Celtic fan. The faces are different, but the same teams remain. Green is green. Yellow is yellow. It’s like watching a bad film going through several remakes. You just have to wonder why.
I know what you’re thinking. “Hey, it’s not yellow. It’s gold. Get it right.” Nope. It’s yellow. Gold is just a different shade of yellow, but we are not here to discuss colors. We are here to discuss the option of eliminating dynasties. No, I am not talking about going in to the record books and erasing stuff because this isn’t Men in Black where Kay can erase and replace memories. This is actually about making the process difficult to put a dynasty in place.
What is a dynasty exactly in NBA terms? A dynasty is any team that wins three titles in a short time preferably three consecutively. The team is also a threat to win it almost every season. How does one obtain a dynasty? Build the team around three players: one superstar (top 10), a star (top 15), and a top defensive specialist who is 6-7 or taller. Everybody else is replaceable.
The hard cap is something that the Player’s Union does not want to hear. However, owners of small teams are pushing for it especially Michael Jordan. His Charlotte Bobcats really need it because they are stuck in NBA hell. He knows and that’s why he publically supports it. The Bobcats, under the current system, cannot build a championship team. Free agents do not want to go there because it’s not a major city. The team does not have the pieces to land a top 10 player in a trade. Charlotte does not suck bad enough to get a top 5 pick in a draft, but they are good enough to barely make the playoffs.
The hard cap eliminates the excuses for players to not go to a small market team. About half of the teams will not have enough money to keep players so they will be forced to cut. Small market teams can grab them up. It’s the great equalizer for every team regardless of destination and life style that a city offers. The Player’s Union does not want to admit it, but it is true.
Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Brooklyn, and Miami will not have advantages in free agency. I should add Chicago to the mix, but they usually do not get anything great in trades or free agency. It’s rare. The Los Angeles Lakers is the best NBA franchise because of factors surrounding the city. They have the ability to start a new dynasty every few years because of a soft cap. Put the hard cap in place and things change. The National Hockey League works well under it.
Mid tier and lower tier players might be lost under a hard cap. The star players will not be affected. The Player’s Union better not lose sight of the majority that makes up the NBA and that’s the lower end guys. As far as fans not wanting a hard cap because their team has a potential franchise player on a rookie deal, deal with it. You can still add quality players around him and still sign him to a max deal after his rookie deal ends. Just let your team figure it out. You, the fan, shouldn’t worry about it because you are not the general manager. You should worry about seeing the Lakers, Celtics, and Heat almost every year in the Finals. That’s something we do not need. Eliminating the advantages of establishing a new dynasty within the old guard is a great idea. There has to be balance.