Well, that headline might be a tad bombastic, since David Stern is really just concerned with North American professional basketball. But that exaggeration isn’t that exaggerate-y. Just see for yourself, dudeski.

From the Associated Press:

Speaking Thursday before the reigning NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers played Euroleague champion Regal FC Barcelona, Stern was asked if Miami getting LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to play together on what’s expected to be a title contender would make the Heat “bad guys” in the league.

“We’re going to have, really, our most successful season,” Stern said. “I don’t think it’s good guys and bad guys. I think you’re going to be getting to see some of the greatest basketball ever played.”

He added that it’s “very interesting and exciting” to see how James, Wade and Bosh teamed up.

Hard to argue with Davey Boy Stern here. The talent level in the league is absolutely bonkers right now. The Lakers feature one of the best players ever and are currently trying to win their third straight championship. There are four sure-fire Hall of Famers on the Celtics. And, of course, the Heat have one of the greatest collections of talent the league has ever seen. Even the perpetually boring Milwaukee Bucks have built an exciting team that should perform well in the Eastern Conference. It’s going to be a great, great year.

And seriously, there is a reason to be optimistic for every single team in the league. Even the Los Angeles Clippers have Blake Griffin, a rapidly improving Eric Gordon and the long-standing possibility that Chris Kaman might grow his hair out again. Big things, people.

October 26 can’t get here soon enough.