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Are The “Villain” Warriors Really Good For The NBA As Mark Cuban Suggested?

Submitted by on July 14, 2016 – 5:20 pmNo Comment

If you’re a casual NBA fan, you probably weren’t sure who to root against during the 2016 NBA Finals. On one side, you had Steph Curry and the scrappy Warriors, a group of guys who genuinely enjoy playing with one another and play basketball “the right way.” On the other side, you had LeBron James and the Cavaliers, and even if you’re not a big LeBron fan, it was hard to hate on him for trying to bring a championship back to the city of Cleveland for the first time in more than 50 years. And even if those two teams hadn’t made it to the NBA Finals, you probably would have had a hard time rooting against either of the Conference Finals losers. Kevin Durant and the Thunder and Kyle Lowry and the Raptors would have been difficult to root against, too.

You see, the NBA has been, more or less, without a true “villain” ever since LeBron left the Heat behind in 2014 after winning two titles with them following “The Decision.” But this summer, that has all changed. Durant, sensing that he wouldn’t be able to win a title with the Thunder, left Oklahoma City to join Golden State earlier this month. When he did, he created a “superteam,” and according to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, he also helped bring a “villain” back to the NBA. “They become the villain,” Cuban told ESPN on Wednesday. “Just like when LeBron James went to Miami. I loved that there was a villain. They become the villain. I’m fine with that. Everybody’s going to root for them to lose.”

The problem is that, prior to becoming the “villain,” the Warriors were the media darlings of the NBA. They had Curry, the mild-mannered superstar who shied away from acting too cocky on the court. They had Steve Kerr, the entertaining head coach who always found a way to break the ice during tense moments with a joke and a laugh. They had one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports. So is it really good for that team to become the villain?

The good news, at least if you’re a Golden State fan, is that the Warriors might not end up being a villain after all. Yes, they will be the best team in the league, which will, by nature, earn them plenty of hate from some NBA fans. But if they continue to play the game the way they always have and they welcome KD into the mix and he flourishes, they might avoid the villain tag. Or they might not. Either way, there’s no denying that they’re going to be the team to watch next season, regardless of whether you love or hate them.

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