Clyde: Can't Penalize Teams For Good Decisions

Super teams have been the name of the game in the NBA for decades, Clyde Drexler said

Taz and the Moose
July 12, 2018 - 9:22 am

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The Golden State Warriors had one of the greatest runs in NBA Draft history from 2009 to 2012, selecting Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to form the nucleus of a team that has won three of the last four NBA titles.

But after adding Kevin Durant – and now DeMarcus Cousins – in free agency, the Warriors seem even more untouchable. Is that good for the league?

“Well, if he wanted to join the Warriors for less money, that’s his choice,” Basketball Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler said on Taz & The Moose, referring to Cousins. “You can’t penalize the franchises that are making great decisions. The people that should be penalized are the teams that are bad year in and year out. Why can’t you do something?”

Drexler, a 10-time All-Star, reminded listeners that super teams have been the name of the game in the NBA for decades.

“Remember, in the ’80s, it was the Showtime Lakers with all the No. 1 draft picks playing together at one time,” Drexler said. “You had Worthy, Kareem, Magic, McAdoo, Mychal Thompson – five No. 1 picks on the same team at the same time. And you wonder why they were dominant.”

To be fair, Bob McAdoo went second overall in 1972, but Drexler’s point is well-taken.

“And the Celtics, when they had McHale, Bird, Parish – all those guys were Hall of Famers at the same time playing at a high level,” he said. “You wonder why they were dominant. When the Pistons had a good run – (five) straight Eastern Conference Finals – they had all these good players. So franchises that make good decisions should reap the benefits.”