For most NBA fans, Rockets vs. Warriors is about who will advance to the Western Conference Finals and, according to most experts, who will be the next NBA champion. But in reality, Rockets vs. Warriors is about much, much more. This series will decide the future and ultimately the fate of the NBA as a whole. This is not a shocking revelation: The NBA is a copycat league. It always has been. Teams always try and copy the success stories of the league and replicate the same formula. One could argue that the Warriors are a sort of copycat of the monster LeBron created with the “super team” era beginning in Miami (though it’s not really true: Golden State won 73 games in 2015-2016 and their three stars were all drafted).
The mainstream sports media has basically narrowed the MVP race down to two individuals: James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Both … More