Graham Allison, the famous Harvard professor, also warned that east Asia was headed towards the “Thucydides Trap”, adding: “When a rapidly rising power rivals an established ruling power, trouble ensues.” In early 2013, the then prime minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, warned that 2013 was looking dangerously like 1913. The Economist also warned at the end of 2013, “A century on, there are uncomfortable parallels with the era that led to the outbreak of the first world war.”

现在的勇士队已经是NBA历史上最好的球队之一,你可以把他们的冠军阵容和NBA历史上的任何一支球队相提并论,因为他们打出了有史以来最好的季后赛表现。但同时也有一个“篮球”的问题。如果历史上最好的或者第二好的球员都没有机会对抗这支球队,那对这项运动的竞争力意味着什么呢?到目前为止,幸运的是这个问题并没有凸显出来,这可多亏了一个非常狂野的休赛期,但问题仍然存在:当一个最高水品的竞技体育联赛缺乏真正的竞争时,它会发生什么?