Everyone obviously saw Lebron going to Miami, and I might be overreacting, but I thought about it a week ago and wanted to put this out there.
With this super team coming along for AT LEAST the next 5 years, what does this do to a small market team like our beloved Pacers? Unlike most businesses, a monopoly is NOT forbidden in the NBA. The Celtics had a very similar strategy 3 years back, and all they did was make it to the finals twice and the semis once. They dominated at the end of their primes. With 3 stars, 2 of them super, all joining during their prime, how bad is this for Indiana?
Let's just assume that Miami does what everyone is expecting and that is dominate the Eastern Conference and win a few titles, if not more. Other teams with the assets and resources will have to asssemble a team of stars just in order to compete. Indiana has neither. This truly could be the beginning of the end for a few small market teams. Theoretically if the players wanted to, they could all join up on certain teams together and shut these small market teams out completely. The Pacers have had many known financial problems over the last 10 years or so, and not being even comparable to some of these other teams does not help. It puts us further out of the race now. Teams like the Knicks, now the Nets, Lakers, Mavs, Clips etc.. will always be fine. They can spend enough to compete and at least put out a team and bring inrevenue from other areas.
In Indiana, until about 4 years ago, we never had to worry about what it's like to lose, lose alot and lose bad. There was a long stretch where the Pacers had a really really good product on the floor, and never had to worry about getting people to games and assembling an All-Star team to compete. Even transitioning from Reggie, Mark, Rik and the Davis's to Jermaine, Tins, Artest, and Stephen went unbelievably smooth and we always stayed in the playoff race. This meant alot more money and attention for the franchise, in an NBA that wasnt nearly as top-loaded as it is now. We are not that team anymore. The NBA is not the same anymore. I think this hurts Indiana a real lot in the long run, but maybe I am over reacting. What does everyone else think?