Either LeBron James has a very short memory, or he does not consider the Miami Heat’s two NBA Championship teams on which he played “super-teams”, despite the fact his teammates included six-time All-Star Dwyane Wade, five-time All-Star Chris Bosh, and 10-time All-Star Ray Allen.
After the Golden State Warriors knocked out the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals Monday night, James was asked if he believes the league benefits from superstar players joining forces to chase titles.
“No, not really. I don’t believe I’ve played for a super-team,” James said. “I don’t believe in that. I don’t believe we’re a super-team here.”
There is no doubt the Warriors are a super team, with a roster that features Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant – both league MVPs – as well as Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
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But James’ teams have also been star-studded. His Miami Heat welcome ceremony in the summer of 2010 was a rock concert-like spectacle with James, Wade and Bosh rising above smoke in front of 13,000 people. “The Three Kings” they were dubbed, and they played like NBA royalty. Then, when James left Miami for Cleveland, he joined up with No. 1 draft pick Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, forming another formidable trio.
Were those teams as super as this year’s Warriors? Maybe not. But super they were.