Old School vs New School In The Association

Photo courtesy of BET.com

Photo courtesy of BET.com

Everyone is free to their own opinion. I have my own opinions, such as the Clemson Tigers football program is overrated, NHL is the worst of the four major sports, and cargo shorts need to die. As a matter of fact, I am very opinionated. When it comes to the NBA, this was the summer of Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors. Another superior athlete, joining forces with a dynamic duo. First it was Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joining Paul Pierce in Boston, and then LeBron and Chris Bosh joining Dwyane Wade in South Beach.

Back in 2010, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird were all asked about the possibility of joining each other during their playing days. “We didn’t think about it ’cause that’s not what we were about. From college, I was trying to figure out how to beat Larry Bird” the Laker point guard was quoted saying. “There’s no way, with hindsight, I would’ve ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, ‘Hey, look, let’s get together and play on one team. But that’s … things are different. I can’t say that’s a bad thing. It’s an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys” said the greatest basketball player of all time.

There has been riff raff since then with players commenting on the subject, but this week we saw two current players discuss the issue. Paul Pierce fired the first shots when he negatively spoke about KD joining forces with players he had competed against.

“I’m an old-school guy. I’m a competitor. … When you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best,” Pierce, who is embarking on his 19th season, told SiriusXM NBA Radio. “That’s always been something that’s driven me. Today’s day and age, a lot of these guys are friends. That’s like if [Larry] Bird decided to go play with Magic Johnson or something. These guys, I think the competition makes the game what it is.

It didn’t take long for Draymond Green to respond,

“Nobody complains when somebody leaves Apple and goes to Google,” Green said, adding, “Aren’t they in competition with each other?”

“As a basketball player, you are the CEO of a business. You are a business,” Green said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “Kevin Durant is a big business. He is the CEO of that business. So him going to play basketball for a different team, the CEO decided to leave where he was at and go somewhere else.

As much as I hate Green, he has a point, and he is right. Now when I say hate, I mean that I can’t stand him as a player. As a LeBron fan, I hated watching his antics in the Finals the past two years. While I say that, I would love to have him on my team. I respect him as a player. I have the same feelings towards Kevin Garnett. I couldn’t stand that mother fucker and all the crap that he pulled, but he was a top trash talker and brought it night in and night out.

But back to the main topic of this article. The game is passing Paul Pierce. He announced his retirement at the end of the season and will sign a one day contract with the Celtics to retire with the team that he won a championship with. Jordan’s last championship season was the  1997-98 season. That is almost twenty years ago, and Magic and Larry had been out of the league for a couple of years by then. We can’t forget that KG and Ray Allen had to team up with Pierce to help him with a ring. Shame on you Paul for even bringing this up.

The game is changing, and changing in a good way. Game 7 from the 2016 NBA Finals drew an 18.9 overnight rating, the highest rated sports telecast on ABC or ESPN in a decade. Can you imagine if we have another rematch between the Warriors and the Cavs? The internet may break with social media buzzing about what team will win, who has the better big three, and who is the true MVP.

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