The Most Dramatic Teams in the NBA

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2012

The Most Dramatic Teams in the NBA

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    The NBA prides itself on dramatics, but sometimes it can be overkill.

    We all love the heightened sense of drama that comes with a down-to-the-wire game, the unpredictable theatrics that come with free agency and the embraceable uncertainty of a playoff race.

    But what about the incessant headline havoc numerous teams are constructed to wreak? Do we love that type of drama?

    To an extent, perhaps, but the exhaustion of experiencing a perpetual storm without the calm before it is irrefutable.

    And a bit played out. 

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    The Thunder are overly dramatic in a much different sense than many other teams.

    While the non-existent rift between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook caused plenty of controversy, their lack of a killer extinct has caused more, and created serious doubt as to whether the club can win a championship this season.

    We've seen Oklahoma City put the Heat to shame, but we've also watched them struggle against the Wizards, Rockets, Hornets, Cavaliers and other supposedly inferior teams far too often.

    The Thunder are, without a doubt, the most talented team that has been unable to create a stronger sense of faith within their fanbase and the rest of the league.

    They owe that uncertainty to their tendency to take many of their games down to the wire, regardless of who the opponent is. 

New Jersey Nets

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    The Nets burst onto the overly-dramatic scene last season when they auditioned for the lead role in Melo-drama, and they haven't disappeared since.

    Deron Williams' uncertain future coupled with team owner Mikihail Prokhorov's less-than-candid verbal romping of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has made this organization a hotbed for basketball related theatrics.

    Fittingly enough, the Nets are preparing to leave the drama-free streets of Newark in favor of the drama-filled concrete of Brooklyn.

    Even more fittingly, the music-mogul that is Jay-Z remains a minority owner of the New York-bound team. 

    This leaves the Nets with 99 problems, and Kim Kardashian ain't one. Well, not anymore at least. 

Golden State Warriors

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    When a ceremony honoring Chris Mullin isn't being tainted by the crowd's reaction to Warriors owner Joe Lacob's presence, Golden State is busy underachieving in the most ostentatious way possible.

    When they're not disappointing on the court, the organization is tasked with the almost impossible of attempting to justify the trade of their best player who, lest we forget, was sued for sexual harassment prior to the start of the season.

    If that's not enough, there's also the uncertain health of Stephen Curry and the recently acquired Andrew Bogut to throw into the fold.

    For a team that has spent much of their time out of the playoffs, Golden State certainly knows how to take center stage in other facets of the business. 

Boston Celtics

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    There are few teams as enigmatic as the Celtics.

    Take away the Rajon Rondo trade rumors and you're left with a rapidly aging team that has appeared lottery-bound for half the season and headed for the NBA Finals the other half.

    Boston is anchored by two of the league's most hated athletes in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and hasn't stayed out of the headlines since 2007. They're volatile yet serene, navigating unfamiliar waters yet effective and once again appear to be operating on borrowed time.

    While their dramatic dynamic is compelling at times, it's also exhausting.

Portland Trail Blazers

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    Thus far, the Blazers have seen Brandon Roy forced into retirement, parted ways with Greg Oden, allowed turmoil to run rampant throughout the locker room and fired their head coach.

    Portland has also managed to turn what was supposed to be a championship-contending season into a bona fide disaster.

    Plain and simple, this year's docket of dramatics has rivaled that of the Portland Jail Blazers, sans the blatant violation of federal and state laws.

    So, while the drama has been less severe by certain standards, it's just as prevalent.

Miami Heat

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    Any team that boasts the star of "The Decision" is bound for an overly dramatic existence.

    Three of the NBA's most talented superstars in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh call South Beach home, and since the trio's formation, there has been no shortage of drama in Miami.

    Whether it's LeBron's soundbites, Bosh's underlying pessimism, Wade's health or their failure to defeat the Mavericks in last year's NBA Finals, this group is shrouded in theatrics.

    While James has come a long way from what appeared to be an ignorant superstar, the Heat are no less than a revolving door of drama.

    Every loss and every failure, no matter how insignificant, is magnified and transformed into a blunder or miscue for the ages.

    Miami's inability to refrain from adding fuel to the fire—inconsistency, injuries, etc.—has kept them in the spotlight, for better or worse. Mostly worse.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    For a team that hails from Tinseltown, the Lakers aren't a disappointment as far as drama goes. Los Angeles has had the most tumultuous season possible for a team that stands 17 games over .500.

    If it's not the hot and cold pursuit of Dwight Howard, it's the failed trade for Chris Paul or one of many topics of debate surrounding Kobe Bryant: his age, his shot selection, his failing marriage—you name it. 

    There's a hint of drama in everything the Lakers accomplish. They're one of the NBA's flagship teams, a classification that stretches far beyond recognition and into the realm of borderline discomposure.

    While there's no denying their recent execution and never-ending appeal, a little more subtlety would go a long way. 

New York Knicks

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    The Knicks have a penchant for theatrics.

    If Carmelo Anthony isn't the savior, he's a parasite. If Amar'e Stoudemire isn't an All-Star, he's a lifeless liability. And if they're not winning with Mike D'Antoni as their head coach, they're winning by implementing the very offensive principles he preached.

    Even when New York was the laughingstock of the NBA, drama didn't just follow them, it rode on the team's back.

    The Knicks have yet to leave the Isiah Thomas era fully behind them, showing the door to a roster-managing genius in Donnie Walsh over the summer and turning what was supposed to be a championship-caliber season into a playoff-hopeful one.

    For the Knicks, it's always been feast or famine, never anything in between.

Sacramento Kings

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    You wouldn't expect a team in a market like Sacramento to be as dramatic as the Kings have proven to be.

    The season began with a feud between DeMarcus Cousins and head coach Paul Westphal, and it was one that cost Westphal his job.

    More recently, J.J. Hickson, a once promising prospect who is now attempting to stave off the "bust" label in Portland, was cut loose. The Kings are thought to be responsible for his demise.

    And now, more than ever, the Maloofs are dragging the organization through the mud with no end in sight.

    What was supposed to be a season of possibilities has rapidly devolved into amateur hour in the most publicly commanding of fashions.

Orlando Magic

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    The drama surrounding the Magic has reached unprecedented levels this season.

    Not only did Orlando spend the better part of the year in a Dwight Howard-instigated limbo, but the center attempted to call for Stan Van Gundy's job after voiding his early termination option.

    And now, the Magic are without their fearless, albeit tactless, warrior.

    Orlando has toiled with the prospect of championship contention, but has also broached the line of listlessness. Their season has been more of a roller coaster ride than any other team in the league, and absolutely nothing about their future is set in stone.

    There's no end to the theatrics in sight, as the soap opera that is the Magic continues to unfold right before our very eyes.