Almost immediately after Kevin Durant announced that he will be joining the Golden State Warriors, he and his new home got blasted by his fans. NBA commissioner Adam Silver also jumped in to the issue and criticized the idea of the Warriors becoming a "super-team" because of Durant's arrival.
According to the commissioner, the existence of a super-team goes against the point of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, which basically promotes the equal distribution of talented players within the league.
But then again, the development of such franchises cannot be controlled since this largely depends on which team players want to be in.
"I've read some stories that the league wants this notion of two 'super-teams' that is a huge television attraction," Silver said according to Fox Sports. "I don't think it's good for the league, just to be clear. I don't think that's ideal from the league's standpoint."
"Part of it is designing a collective bargaining agreement that encourages the distribution of great players throughout the league," he added. "On the other hand, I absolutely respect the players' right to be a free agent."
After Silver made the statement, Warriors' Stephen Curry responded to explain that despite having a good lineup, Golden State is far from being a super-team. Sure, the team currently has Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Curry and Durant, but they also lost a number of its key players just to get the former Oklahoma City Thunder small forward.
This means that the departure of these players will still have an impact on the team and its performance as a whole next season. Also, just because the Warriors have been dubbed as a super-team doesn't automatically mean that they'll win next season's championship.
"I mean, I'm not going to complain about," Curry told ESPN about the label. "I know for a fact it's going to be a different look having obviously lost some key guys. Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Mo Speights, Leandro Barbosa - guys that meant a lot to us and our success. We gave up a lot to gain KD. We're going to be a different team."
"At the end of the day, there's nothing guaranteed in this league," he added.