As the NBA bubbles is coming to a close before the playoffs start, The Baseline continues an alternate approach to our league coverage. On this week’s show we discuss NBA dynasties with Agu Ibanez-Baldor. The young author wrote the book Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Teams in NBA History. He was kind enough to join the show to breakdown his book in our edition of Facetime with The Baseline as we discuss:
- His affinity for the game as a fan and an author
- The inspiration behind writing the book stemming from a single article over a year ago
- Qualifications for teams to be considered a dynasty
- Michael Jordan‘s Bulls, their dominance and the global affinity associated with their run
- The Lakers effectively creating two separate dynasties with Magic Johnson and then later with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.
- Bill Russell‘s dominance in Boston’s early dynasty while dealing with a racist city that didn’t love the team
- Tim Duncan‘s Spurs as the most neutral dynasty there ever was
- How often does talent, luck and good management need to align?
- As the most recent dynasty the Warriors became one of the most hated with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson leading the way
- Which teams are best set up to create a dynasty in the near future?