I’m sure you are thinking the trade is the robbery I am referring to. It isn’t. Rather, the real robbery happened to all of us.
Imagine. James Harden signs a max extension for four years, with the other three members already locked up with max extensions. This young core continues to get better and better and whilst the Oklahoma City Thunder see years of success, some noise is being heard down in the bay area.
A different big three is beginning to form with a couple of snipers from the three point arc. The duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, with the intense play of a Draymond Green starts to become a formidable power house with a supporting cast that is made up of Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut, Shaun Livingston and Harrison Barnes.
Now, I know. This didn’t happen. But close your eyes (figuratively) and imagine if it did. This would have been the Lakers and Celtics rivalry of our generation. OKC stays a title contender and we get not only four games a year of this, we get the WCF each and every year.
Now don’t get me wrong, villains are still villains. And every good story needs it ultimate betrayal. I still think that in the last year of Durant’s contract, he bails to Golden State. But who cares at that point. We get the rivalry that we we’re stripped of and we get a Western Conference that puts on a show for years to come. Maybe the Thunder attract another free agent, one like a LeBron James? Maybe both teams blow it up to get bigger names like a Paul George.
Wishful thinking is a huge part of sports. Here’s mine and I hope you enjoyed it. Tune in next week when we revisit another “What if?” and while your at it, let us know what you think of this one.