LeBron James has been accused by many of starting the “super team” era of basketball back in 2010 when he, along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, formed a “Big 3” in Miami. However, James said after losing his fifth NBA Finals on Monday, that he never played on a “super team.”
James explained to Road Trippin’ with RJ & Channing podcast, hosted by Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson, that “super teams” have been around long before him.
“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,” said James.
Also, James responded to Draymond Green, who talked about LeBron’s “super team” comments from Monday, at the Warriors’ victory parade on Thursday.
“But I don’t look at it as … I definitely didn’t start the “super team,” if that’s what he’s (Draymond Green) 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,” said James.
LeBron needs to own it on some level. Have “super teams” been around forever in the NBA? Yes. Did he help form a “super team” in Miami? Yes! Do the Warriors have a “super- team” with Durant, Curry, Thompson and Green? Yes. Is it that big of a deal? No!
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