Adam Silver says the Warriors' dominance is not bad for the NBA

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After winning back-to-back championships, the Golden State Warriors shocked their rivals in the NBA as they managed to sign DeMarcus Cousins in free agency. 

The big man - who is currently recovering from a torn Achilles injury - agreed to take a one-year, $5.3 million deal to join the Dubs. 

This led to an uproar from fans across the league and reactions of pure disbelief from many fellow players on social media. 

The Warriors were once again being accused of ruining the league after they added Kevin Durant to their ranks in 2016. 

Putting a fifth All-Star into their lineup was too much for fans to take and some even chose to criticise commissioner Adam Silver and question why he wasn't doing more to ensure the NBA remains competitive. 

New York Knicks center Enes Kanter even posted a photoshopped image of Silver in a Warriors jersey on his Twitter page. 

Hands are tied

Of course, there's nothing the commissioner can do about a player moving in free agency but he has to accept that fans will always aim their frustrations towards him as the league's decision-maker. 

Following the NBA's annual board of governors meeting in Las Vegas this week, Silver spoke out about the dominance of the Warriors and gave his honest view about how it reflects on the league. 

"I don't think it is necessarily per se bad that the Warriors are so dominant," he said, via ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk.

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"As I've said before, we're not trying to create some sort of forced parity. What we are really focused on is parity of opportunity.

"... There are changes we can make to the system and I think we will create a more competitive balance and a more equality of opportunity.

"And the discussion in the room, people weren't coming in necessarily complaining, but I think as good business people do, they are looking out to the future and saying how can we improve things."

With LeBron James moving to the Los Angeles Lakers, there's an obvious imbalance between the two conferences and it has once again led to the debate of introducing 1-16 seedings in the playoffs. 

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Silver says it's an appealing idea but it's not something that can be implemented quickly. 

"The most significant obstacle to seeding 1-through-16, as appealing as that would be to me and I think a lot of fans, would be the dramatic increase in travel that would follow," Silver said.

"In our estimate, we could be looking at roughly 40-50 percent more travel. ... It doesn't mean we can't, but it is not something we can do quickly.

"It would require really a wholesale re-examination of how we do the schedule, how our television deal works.

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"... We are going to look at it. I think it has a real appeal to ownership and I know it does to fans. It's just not such an easy thing to do."

Silver has shown that he's open to change if it benefits the league as a whole but he's unlikely to introduce something just to stop Golden State from winning.   

Unfortunately, fans will have to put up with that and hope that their teams can get better to compete. 

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Enes Kanter
DeMarcus Cousins
Golden State Warriors
New York Knicks
L.A. Lakers
Kevin Durant
LeBron James

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