Steve Kerr on NBA Parity

October, 27, 2006
10/27/06
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Kerr understands the upside of parity, but he's also not thrilled with the lack of super teams:

There are several reasons why the current NBA lacks dominant teams:



1. The big man is almost extinct. Only Shaq, Tim Duncan and Yao Ming have the ability to control games in the paint. With so many teams playing an up-tempo, perimeter-oriented style, each game's outcome is becoming more dependent on outside shots. And every team has shooters.



2. The salary cap. With a penalizing luxury tax, 29 of the 30 teams in the NBA are playing on basically an even level. Only the New York Knicks have the financial means to disregard the tax and outspend their opponents, but obviously, it hasn't gotten them very far.



3. The superstars aren't teaming up. You can make a case that Wade and Shaq qualify, but O'Neal is nowhere near the player he was a few years ago. Look at the other contenders and their combos: Duncan and Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry, LeBron James and … who? Due to the cap and the fact that there are 30 teams in the league, it's become almost impossible to put together a Magic/Kareem, Bird/McHale, Jordan/Pippen type of combination.

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