Well, Adam Silver, you have your wish, tanking is dead. Six weeks into the regular season, the Western Conference standings are bunched up in a seemingly unprecedented fashion.
In the modern NBA, with defense becoming more and more a rarer commodity around the league, Leonard’s imposing presence virtually eliminates half the court for the opposing offense. His long wingspan and quick footwork scares head coaches and general managers around the league.
Three years ago, the eighth seed in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors, edged out the Memphis Grizzlies by one win to capture the last spot in the NBA playoffs, at a total of 51 wins. Now, the once deep western conference faces a downshift in competition, with the likes of the Thunder and the Spurs, a combined 122 wins between the two, definitely loosening the concentrations of victories to a number of up and coming franchises.
God must really hate Cleveland—or so we thought, as the city’s greatest claim to fame might just be having a river that caught on fire and a sporting history that many wish would go up in flames. The Move. 10-cent beer night. The Curse of Chief Wahoo. The Drive. The Decision. Johnny Manziel. The list…