Today while I was at my desk, I went out for a break. I thought about titles for a minute.
Did you know in the last 27 years, only eight NBA teams have won titles?
In the same stretch of time, 15 different teams have won Super Bowls. 18 major league baseball teams have won World Series. We’re not even going to discuss hockey, the sport where the dynasty is truly dead.
What does that mean for you as a basketball fan? It means you either have to back a team from somewhere else if you want to celebrate a title, or you will have to wait decades to back a winner. For example, there are 30 teams in the NBA. If those eight teams didn’t win a title again (and that’s not likely, considering the eight include The Lakers, Bulls, Celtics and Heat), and then another eight win over 27 years, and another 8 win over 27 years…you get the picture. You won’t ever see your local team win in half a century.
Hey, I’ve seen my favorite NFL team win a title. It’s been a long time, but I’ve seen them win. If I was a basketball fan, and not a fan of the Elite Eight, I might not see my home town team with a title, ever. Minnesota, forget it. Cleveland, you were lucky to even lose a Final. Utah, it’s not happening. Denver…you’re done. None of those teams will win in the next 50 years. Not if this “Superteam” nonsense takes hold, where only four or five teams perennially have a chance of winning. It’s funny, basketball players are the only ones in sport who migrate to the place where they “get a shot at a ring”. It’s the only sport where playing on an Elite Eight team virtually guarantees a player a shot of playing for a title.
I always thought Spurs fan was soft, because they didn’t realize San Antonio winning NBA titles was such a huge deal. They were in the Elite Eight, and the NBA title might not pass through San Antonio again while they were alive. Of the Elite Eight, the Heat and Mavericks are the only ones who have only won a single title. It’s the result of having played each other in their only Finals appearances.