"I don't know if I would necessarily call it a success," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a news conference before the game. "Our goal was not to break up teams. We had a transition in which the more harsher luxury tax would be implemented. But ultimately, any type of cap system in essence is a form of player sharing. So, yes, to the extent that James Harden leaves Oklahoma City and the Houston Rockets then become a competitive team, that's a positive thing for the league. And part of the purpose of a cap system is so you don't see too much talent aggregated in one market.
"On the other hand, I don't want to take anything away from the Spurs and the Heat. While the players are a critical component, the players were attracted and remained in those markets because of the quality of the coaching and the quality of the management, and hats off to these organizations. And my sense is the better managed organizations are going to be successful regardless of the system."
These are two of the premier franchises in sports. Their success has made them destinations. They've taken different paths to the same place. They're both worthy of praise, not baseless comparisons.