“If you can’t beat them, join them,” doesn’t necessarily apply to this period of NBA history. Instead, that idiom should go, “If you can’t beat them, join together.”
The Warriors’ superteam was a reaction to LeBron’s success in Cleveland, which grew out of his squad in Miami, which follows in a long tradition of NBA superteams — so really, a few superstars deciding to come together to try to take down the Warriors would be a fitting next step in this overarching narrative.
With all of Golden State’s firepower, though, such an allegiance would require a concerted effort by some of the NBA’s best players. They’d need to take far less than their max deals to bring four (or five?) All-Stars together in somewhere like San Antonio or Los Angeles, then hope they develop the required chemistry quickly enough to go toe-to-toe with the Warriors as soon as possible.
At that point, we’d have two All-NBA squads vying for the championship every season, which might downgrade the Warriors from “dynasty” to “NBA Cold War superpower.”