Superteams have dominated the NBA for the last 7 years. It all started with LeBron James and the Miami Heat, and now there’s the Warriors and Cavaliers. Many fans blame LeBron for the concept and increasingly popular formation of super teams in the league.
If you ask The King himself though, he’d tell you something different.
On the podcast “Road Trippin” (hosted by Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye), LeBron James spoke up about the notion of super teams, and reveals who he thinks really started the trend.
“No. I mean in 2003, the Lakers combined Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Shaq and Kobe. And in ’96 when Jordan was retired, the Rockets joined Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler all on the same team. But I don’t look at it as … I definitely didn’t start the superteam, if that’s what he’s trying to say. But I just feel like that it’s great that on the day you’re celebrating your championship, my likeness and my name is in your head. I love that.”
Interestingly, LeBron seems to point his finger at those 1996 Rockets and the 2003 Lakers, who combined big stars just like he did. These comments were prompted by recent beef between LeBron and current NBA Champion Draymond Green. Trolling the Cavs with a shirt, making fun of LeBron’s haircut, and now claiming James started the superteam trend are some of the most recent jabs by Draymond.
Nobody knows yet when/if Green will respond to The King’s most recent comments. But it’s hard to ignore that LeBron James has a valid point. As Richard Jefferson pointed out on the podcast, the Heat had lost in the first round the season before LeBron got there. With Dwyane Wade already there, all LeBron did was add Bosh.
Compare that to Kevin Durant, who joined a 73 win squad who had previously gone to the NBA Finals (by beating your current team), and it’s clear to see that the circumstances are different.
With the Warriors planning to keep their core of stars intact, and the Cavs looking to rebound from their Finals’ loss, these NBA “super teams” don’t seem to be going anywhere for a while. But is this all on LeBron? Or are we blaming a familiar face for something that’s been going on for years?