Dissected with the attention to detail of a legendary Masterchef 2nd season casting outcast , your good mate Uncle Bob serves up his weekly Half-Time Orange For Thought; a mental morsel for the sports fanatic with a healthy appetite for wholesome consumables. We at GSV have reluctantly declared ourselves accountable for any digestion difficulties that may or may not occur. Enjoy!
The National Basketball Association has had to face accusations of favouritism, puppet-pulling and spread-sheet gambling for years, and those painful claims resurfaced during the past post-season, where we blatantly saw the league change position on the type of calls the officials chose to give or let slide when the Playoffs reached game 4 of the NBA Finals. Kevin Durant signing for the Warriors & creating a “super team” in the Western Conference seemed to lay to bed many of those fears, as some felt that the league would have found a way to block this move if they had any ulterior motives; yet the fact that Durant was a free agent that Golden State were allowed to sign under the agreed collective bargaining agreement, in a Billion Dollar league where salaries are still capped for some odd reason, may show just how much the balance of power has shifted into the hands of the players and club owners.
As the revenue streams increase within the league, owners & GM’s are becoming increasingly infatuated with the idea of building sustainable success again; for the past decade, most sides were invested in a “win now” mentality, which left little room for contingencies in case of failure, and created a short-sighted planning outlook. The race is now on to see which franchise can build the next great NBA dynasty, there are a few sides that have the potential to do so, yet the onus will be on all invested parties to pull together to attain that common goal. I personally pray that the Golden State Warriors continue to develop into a team capable of doing so; the arrival of Kevin Durant could provide the momentum they need to keep progressing in the right direction, the team has 4 All-Star players in the prime of their careers, which is a solid foundation for sustained dominance. While there are other talent laden ball clubs in the NBA with dynasty potential, I can easily see the Minnesota Timberwolves becoming a genuine force to be reckoned with in the coming years; the beauty of sports is in the unpredictability of such occurrences, the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, to a lesser extent, & Boston Celtics may not currently be the powerhouses they once were, yet they have the pedigree to rebuild their rosters and have a shot at building some sustainable success in years to come as well.
Greatest NBA Dynasties (Top 6)
|Team||Duration||Rings||Championship Years||Era Defining Icons|
|Minneapolis Lakers||1948-54||5||1949, 1950, 1952, 1953 & 1954||George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Herm Schaefer, Vern Mikkelsen, Slater Martin, Clyde Lovellette & Frank Saul| John Kundla (Coach)|
|Boston Celtics||1957-1969||11||1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968 & 1969||Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn, K.C. Jones, Sam Jones, Willie Naulls, Tomas “Satch” Sanders, Bill Sharman, Frank Ramsey, Jim Loscutoff, Larry Siegfried, Don Nelson & John Havlicek | Red Auerbach (Coach/GM)|
|Los Angeles Lakers
|1979-1991||5||1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 & 1988||Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Michael Cooper, Jamaal Wilkes & Kurt Rambis | Pat Riley (Coach)|
|Chicago Bulls||1989-1998||6||1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 & 1998||Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant, Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, Robert Parish, John Paxton, Will Perdue & John Salley | Phil Jackson (Coach)|
|Los Angeles Lakers||1998-2004||3||2000, 2001 & 2002||Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Robert Horry, Derek Fisher, Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, John Salley & Horace Grant | Phil Jackson (Coach)|
|San Antonio Spurs||1998 – 2008||4||1999, 2003, 2005 & 2007||Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbli & Robert Horry | Gregg Popovich (Coach)|
NBA Dynasty Honourable Mentions List
St. Louis Hawks | 1956-1962 | “The Bob Pettit Era” | 1 Ring, 4 Finals
Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets | 1970 – 1980 | “The Wes Unseld Era” | 1 Ring, 4 Finals
New York Knicks | 1970-1974 | “When The Garden Was Eden” | 2 Rings, 3 Finals
Philadelphia 76ers | 1977 – 1984 | “The Julius Irving Era” | 1 Ring, 4 Finals
Boston Celtics | 1980-1991 | “The Original Big Three” | 3 Rings, 5 Finals
Detroit Pistons | 1987 – 1991 | “The Bad Boy Pistons” | 2 Rings
Houston Rockets | 1993-1995 | “Clutch City” | 2 Rings
Boston Celtics | 2007-2012 | “The New Big Three” | 1 Ring, 2 Finals
Miami Heat | 2010-2014 | “The Three Heats” | 2 Rings, 4 Finals