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After all of the free agent signings and trades, many people out there now think the NBA will soon be made up of a few “super” teams and then everyone else.

Well, I’m here to tell you that this is how sports have been for years.  And quite frankly, I like it that way (and I’m not even a fan of any of these teams)!

First off, the NBA has always been about top heavy.  There have always been “Super teams”.  It’s just more well-known now because we’re all making a big deal about it.  Kareem (Lew Alcindor) went to the Lakers from the Bucks.  Moses Malone left Houston for Philly.  Robert Parrish wasn’t always a Celtic – he was originally in Golden State.  Shaq went to Orlando then the Lakers then Miami.

I don’t know about you, but I’m more into the NBA now then I’ve ever been in my life.  I’m actually planning my night around a NY Knicks game. I’m fired up to watch the Heat/Knicks on Sunday night.  I’ve watched Knicks games, Heat games, Lakers games, Thunder games - I don’t even remember saying that in the past.

These moves have been great for the league.  I love it!

This just in: All-Stars have always been playing together on the same team.  It’s the NBA theory of Sinkativity.  You need at least 1 Hall of Famer and a couple of All-Stars around him to win a title.  This has been the case since at least 1980.

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Why are teams good?  Because they have good players around them.  It’s like that for any sport.

I’ve got no issues with these so-called “Super” teams because there’s a salary cap in the NBA.  Here’s the beauty of the NBA, unlike baseball – these “super” teams now have to figure out a way to assemble a roster with the remaining money they have under the cap.  That’s why the Heat have the big 3 and then everyone else.  The Nets and Knicks are going to have to have some creative accounting to get another All-Star next year.

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