In the NBA, greatness is sometimes defined by how many rings you have, and recently, some players have made moves to put themselves in position to win titles. For example, after struggling to win a championship in Cleveland, LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach back in 2010. In Miami, James hooked up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, which helped James capture two titles with the Heat.
Kevin Durant was a great player in OKC, but he was unable to get over the hump with the Thunder, so in the summer of 2016, Durant decided to join Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and the Warriors. After joining Golden State, Durant was able to win back-to-back titles, and capture two straight Finals’ MVPs. Now, people view Durant more favorably than before.
The Warriors could easily make it three in a row after signing All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins this summer. The signing of Cousins has many players talking about super teams, including Hall of Famer George Gervin.
“That’s how they doing it. They have a right to do it now; it’s a different culture. It was not like that when I played,” Gervin recently told Paul Gant. “We always wanted to beat the best guys, but that’s when I played. Right now, the system is set up where you can do things like that, so these are the guys’ choices.”
Hall of Famer and TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley, who has been a critic of super teams, recently had this to say on the subject:
“I’d rather have no rings than join a super team,” Barkley said on the Unnecessary Roughness Podcast.
While Gervin was not able to win a title during his 13-year NBA career, he does not believe it takes away from his greatness.
“A lot of guys really think that their whole career is going to be based on a championship,” Gervin said. “I ain’t won nam(no) championships, but I know I’m still one of the greatest that ever play, and I’m real comfortable with that.”
Gervin was a five-time All-Star with a career NBA average of 26.2 ppg.
What stars are going to team up next? We’ll have to wait and see.