The Warriors Ruined Another NBA Season

The Warriors Ruined Another NBA Season

With the signing of Demarcus Cousins, basketball fans have canceled the 2018-19 NBA season


Just when I thought the Warriors dynasty would almost be over. Just when I thought they would be forced to trade one of their big 4 or let someone walk. Instead, they sign another perennial all-star in Demarcus Cousins for about 20 million dollars less than what he is actually worth. Instead, they guarantee another banner added to their arena.

Yeah, I said guarantee.

It's just like when they signed Kevin Durant a couple offseason's ago. The 73 win team replaced Harrison Barnes with the second best player in the league. Now they replace Javale McGee with arguably the best center in basketball.

This is move is particularly shocking because of Cousins temperament. Everyone saw how much scrutiny Kevin Durant received for joining the Warriors. It caused him to make burner accounts to defend himself. Cousins is famous for having the shortest fuse in the league as he is famous for his mid-game meltdowns, ejections and ripping apart locker rooms. So why would he exploit himself to such scrutiny? I don't he will be able to hold it together mentally to not get suspended for a few games this season. The Warriors also have one of the most united locker rooms in the league. They play with tremendous chemistry and never go at each other's throats. But I guess when you truly look at it, Golden State believed that his talent is worth the risk.

It's moves like this that also make people hate the NBA. There is no variety, no drama, no struggle, no competition, just bland predictability. It's moves like this that would only happen in NBA 2K but have now become reality and shockingly the norm. And there's only one person to blame for that... LeBron James.

James popularized the super team when he teamed with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami in 2010. It was the beginning of the trend that has turned the NBA into the product it is today. Now it is all about adding as many superstars to your team as possible. The Rockets have James Harden and Chris Paul, The Timberwolves have Karl Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler, the Thunder have Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony. And that's just in the western conference.

This move in particular though has to be the eye opener, it has to be the prime example of why this kind of movement needs to stop. Sure watching these five players will be cool for one game, but not 82. But do you want to know what isn't cool? The fact that this Warriors team can probably beat the eastern conference all-stars in a seven-game series.

I feel like I just read the Wikipedia page for the upcoming season. I've tricked myself into thinking that this nightmare might be over. That maybe some team can dethrone this juggernaut and show the world that a new team can reign over the league. But I'm afraid that I'm not waking up from this one, in fact, I don't think this is ending anytime soon.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.

I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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44 Things That Will Happen Before Duke Ever Beats Cuse

28. There will be no more Canada Goose jacket sightings on campus.


Duke plays Cuse. At home. On Saturday.

In honor of the biggest game day of the year, here are 44 things that will inevitably happen before Duke beats Cuse (especially at the Dome).

1. Kent will give SU students a snow day.

2. It will stop snowing in Syracuse.

3. Syracuse won't have a winter.

4. Syracuse football will win a national championship.

5. The promenade won't be slippery.

6. Pete Sala will never send another email.

7. Archbold construction will be complete.

8. All construction at SU will be complete.

9. Abroad girls will stop posting about being abroad on Instagram.

10. Frat boys will stop drinking Natty Lite.

11. SU campus will be plowed properly.

12. The DO will stop publishing articles.

13. The buses will actually be on time.

14. The sidewalks will be cleared.

15. We will get tired of tender Thursday in the dining hall.

16. Otto will be unmasked.

17. Georgetown will stop sucking.

18. The promenade will see 44 more falls.

19. Kent will actually cancel more than just evening classes.

20. Syracuse tuition will be free.

21. Fraternities will stop throwing front yard parties on sorority bid day.

22. Syracuse will plow.

23. Hungry Chucks will return to Marshall Street.

24. A blizzard will actually be a good enough reason to cancel classes.

25. The sun will shine in Syracuse more than 3 days throughout the school year.

26. You will be able to find a team room in Whitman.

27. You will be able to find a seat in Schine during sorority sis dating season.

28. There will be no more Canada Goose jacket sightings on campus.

29. The heating system on the promenade will actually be a good thing.

30. Otto will stop riding around on his scooter.

31. You will find an outlet in the basement of bird.

32. People living on the Mount will stop complaining about the stairs.

33. Sorority girls will stop saying, "I am not like your normal sorority girls."

34. You won't hear a sorority girl, who is wearing Birkenstocks, Lulu lemon leggings, and a Patagonia pull over, say "I look homeless today."

35. Jesus man will cease to exist.

36. The guy who owns Shirt World will stop yelling at you about the "daily" deals.

37. There won't be a line at the Schine Dunkin.

38. You won't ice skate your way to parties.

39. Saturdays won't be for the boys.

40. Tom Brady won't be in conversation ever again.

41. Massholes won't exist.

42. New Jersey people will stop defending New Jersey.

43. The "whose bagels are better" argument will be resolved.

44. Cuse students will stop bleeding orange.

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