Lebron James Says He’s Never Been Apart of a Super Team…..What?

**This isn’t going to be a “bash Lebron” piece don’t worry. I’m not a Lebron critic who makes every excuse as to why he isn’t great. If you were looking for some Lebron hate, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I’m sure you can find that all over the internet today. Anyway, I digress…**

Last night after his Cleveland Cavaliers team had their season come to an end, Lebron James sat at the podium and answered post game interview questions for reporters, something no player wants to do after a loss, let alone a season-ending one. Among the many questions asked, one is being talked about more than any other, due to the response given by King James.

Lebron was asked about his feelings towards the concept of a “super team,” an NBA roster comprised of numerous all-stars which in turn dominates the league, i.e. the Golden State Warriors. “I don’t play for a super team. I don’t believe in that.” he answered.

Umm what? You didn’t?

On July 8th 2010, Lebron James went on ESPN and told the world he would be signing with the Miami Heat in free agency in a one hour broadcast known as The Decision. Needless to say this move shook up the basketball world, and Lebron received his fair share of criticism from fans and sports reporters alike. Joining Lebron in Miami was NBA All-Star Chris Bosh. Waiting for their arrival was another All-Star in Dwyane Wade. Three of the best players in the sport at that time were joining up to do something legendary. Heck, Lebron even publicly stated they came here to win a number of championships together with his infamous “Not one, not two, not three…” comment.

MIAMI – JULY 09: Chris Bosh #1, Dwyane Wade #3, and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat are introduced to fans during a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Lebron then returned home to Cleveland, where budding superstar Kyrie Irving awaited, and Kevin Love joined shortly after. Though much more different than the Miami Heat trio, another All-Star studded core had been formed.

Lebron’s numbers in the finals are fantastic, on any team he was on. In his worst year he averaged nearly 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The Miami Heat lost to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks that year. This year he averaged a triple double in five games of the NBA Finals. Early on you could argue Lebron was not great in the clutch, but he has done well in erasing that theory. However, Lebron did not do it on his own, and that is entirely fine. Jordan needed Pippen and Rodman on board before he won. Paul Pierce needed KG and Ray Allen to win. Shaq and Kobe needed each other. And Steph and Klay needed KD to dethrone the King this season.

The 2008 Boston Celtics revitalized the term “Big 3” when they traded for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen

The super team mantra is becoming part of the NBA, for better or worse. Earlier this month there were reports that Chris Paul may consider the Spurs in free agency, joining All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Lamarcus Aldridge. That’s what needs to be done if anyone is going to contend with this Warriors team right now. To beat a super team, you must have a super team. Many like to say Lebron started this trend with the decision, and that’s not entirely fair to say when teams like the 2008 Celtics were winning championships prior to the ‘Big Three’ formation in Miami.

Lebron did not start the super team trend, but he certainly cannot deny participating in it. Let us know your thoughts, Has Lebron James played for a super team? Vote below and join the discussion.

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