The 2019 offseason brought us, perhaps, the most action-packed summer in NBA history. An unprecedented number of stars changes teams, shifting the balance of the league in ways we have never seen before.
When asked to comment on the summer, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gave his take on what it all means.
“There’s one school of thought that says it’s horrible these superteams are being formed. But that’s what general managers try to do. What is so horrible that Red Auerbach was able to get Robert Parish and Kevin McHale? They ended up with a super team. It was good for the game, and it was good for Celtics fans. That will be really good here with the rivalry between the Clippers and the Lakers. It’s a perfect thing for this city. The Clippers have gained some credibility and have gotten some really good players. Things will gel for them. We’ll see how the Lakers’ moves will play out through the season. I’m sure everybody is anticipating an interesting season this year.”
“No I wouldn’t. I think that says a lot about what has happened.," Kareem said when asked about if he'd give the edge to any team. "The Clippers are as incredible as they are. But the Lakers are also incredible and have earned their bonafides. We’ll see what happens."
It's true that there are no clear favorites this upcoming season. The Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, and Rockets all re-tooled this summer, while teams like the Bucks and Sixers will look to continue their runs from last year.
It will be a tight race, to say the least. But it's one that the community, and Kareem himself, seems to enjoy more than anything.