Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) in for Colin:
Golden State isn’t the greatest team of all-time
Golden State’s Finals dominance has immediately spawned the debate if they are the best greatest team of all-time. Gottlieb doesn’t think so.
He sees the Warriors as possibly the greatest team of the current era, but what they ultimately lack is depth that teams in the pre-free agency NBA had, and it’s not even close. He used the ’86-’87 back-to-back champion Lakers teams as an example of a team that was 10-deep with quality players.
Ultimately, comparing the two NBA eras is apples and oranges. These Warriors are historic, but they aren’t the greatest team ever. It doesn’t diminish an incredible, championship season.
“This is not the greatest team ever. It’s not the greatest compilation of talent ever.”
Kevin Durant was better than LeBron James in the Finals
LeBron James is getting a hefty amount of love after averaging a triple double in Cleveland’s Finals loss. James’ supporters are citing his historic individual Finals performance as proof that he was still the best player in the Finals, even better than MVP Kevin Durant.
Gottlieb thinks James supporters never miss a chance to cast his legacy in the best way possible, but in the Finals Durant was just better. Even though LeBron had an unbelievable stat line, Durant took over multiple games in the fourth quarter, including huge clutch daggers. Winning still matters and closing still matters. In these Finals, Durant deserves the nod over the King.
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