By Hong Lau
This week has begun the changing of an era.
It's been a wild time in the NBA universe over the last month or so, to be honest.
The first real sign of change was the Warriors dynastic trio finally losing a series in the Western Conference after nearly 10 years. This was actually the first time since 2014 that they lost a series in general.
The next domino to fall was Kevin Durant proving to be mortal. This isn't on the same level as other significant changes that I'll mention, but it was the first time in a series (other than when he was facing LeBron) he didn't look like the best player in the series. We won't get into how Chris Paul has looked "older," as well.
Next was LeBron James getting eliminated and looking quite "pedestrian" while doing it. When I say "pedestrian," I mean only looking like a top 10-15 player in the league. It was shocking because we have gotten used to him being a top 3 player for the past 17 seasons.
All of this, put together, means an NBA final without LeBron James, Steph Curry, and Kevin Durant (without having injuries to blame for it)
To add even more salt to the wound, Carmelo Anthony has retired!
Man, what an incredible run to one of the greatest to ever put on a jersey.
No, he didn't win a championship or get to the finals. But MELO WAS A BUCKET. He's in my top 5 scorers of all time, just off the top of my head. I'm comfortable putting Melo in my top three, to be honest. The sheer scoring ability from his mid-range game, whether that be in the post, facing up with a jab step or his rare combination of size and strength. He is a very rare and unique talent.
Then we got LeBron saying he's contemplating retirement.
I'm not even going to entertain that convo, but if by chance he does… we've officially entered a new chapter in the NBA.
Check out our convo with Melo this past summer during the "Survival of the Fitted" Live Recording.