Commissioner Adam Silver knows there are lingering concerns about the state of parity in the NBA, with the Finals coming down to a meeting between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers for the fourth straight year.
But Silver doesn't appear to be worried about those optics.
"First of all, just to get here is quite a spectacular achievement and for those teams to have gotten here four years in a row is even that much more difficult," Silver told the media at his state-of-the-league press conference ahead of Game 1. "I think this league is about celebrating greatness and that's what we are seeing here."
"On the other hand, you could do more to achieve parity, but you also don't want parity of mediocrity, either," Silver added. "You look to find the right balance as a league and it's something we always continue to look at."
Despite the NBA's attempts to instill greater competitive balance, it's evident the weight carried by some players goes well beyond the pull of the league itself.
"I looked this up: LeBron (James) over the course of the last eight Finals has played with 59 different players," said Silver. "So even if you were looking to design a system to try to create more parity ... I'm not sure what else you could do."