When news broke early Sunday evening of LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, many assumed that another star would be on his way to join James in LA. One day later, DeMarcus Cousins shocked the NBA world by signing with the Golden State Warriors. Not only does this mean there are no longer other stars on the free agent market to pair with James, but it also broadened the talent gap between the teams, which the Lakers had just attempted to close.
All this is to say, there is no point in watching the 2018-2019 NBA season. LeBron left the competition in the East between the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Toronto Raptors, all of which do not feature a single player that would rank as a top 10 player in the league. Sure everyone has their own ‘top 10′ list but the point is that there is only one player in the entire Eastern Conference that would have no problem being on many people’s top 10, the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The race in the East will be intriguing to follow, even if any team that makes the finals will assuredly be handled swiftly by Golden State. Come June, the Warriors will be hoisting their 4th Larry O’Brien trophy in 5 years, completing a three-peat. Ironically, the last franchise to achieve that feat as a dynasty were the Los Angeles Lakers, winning from 2000-2003. Someday the Warriors dynasty will end, they always do, but for now the distance between them and the rest of the league is only growing.