Just two and a half months ago, the world was convinced Kawhi would be a Laker. The team seemed confident, Kawhi seemed decisive, and rumors had been hinting at it for weeks.
The thing is, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis already on board, the Lakers would be been more than just a "superteam." They would have been a dream team.
Unless you have a strange obsession with organizations stacking their deck to the brim, most in the community wanted the whole idea of "super" rosters eliminated. CJ McCollum considers himself in that camp and said on The Woj Pod that he was actually glad Kawhi decided not to sign with the Lakers.
“Deep down, I was hoping he didn’t go there,” McCollum said. “I was looking at the roster, I was looking at what they were putting together, and you want to be in a position to win championships and to make runs and looking at that roster, they would’ve been a serious problem. You got LeBron… already a problem, you got AD… a super problem, and you add him and it becomes a World War II-type situation. They got the grenades and the atomic bombs all in one and guys who can play both sides of the ball, so I was relieved. I was like, ‘Oh that’s good, at least he didn’t go to the Lakers.'”
McCollum likely isn't the only star who felt this way. After years of seeing the same two teams battle it out in the Finals, other players and franchises were hoping to finally get their piece of the pie.
Kawhi wearing the Purple and Gold would have denied them of that pleasure.
Instead, we have a level of parity the NBA has not seen in years. For the first time in a long time, a number of teams (including the Blazers) have a legitimate chance to win the Finals. That's a refreshing thought for most.