LeBron James: I Didn't Start the Superteams | Def Pen
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Draymond Green and LeBron James argue. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


Many fans were upset with the Golden State Warriors for stacking their team by signing Kevin Durant to compete with the Clevland Cavaliers and get revenge for their 2016 NBA Finals loss. The superteam comparison between LeBron James’ 2010 Miami Heat team and the 2016 Warriors squad was a topic James talked about during the recent NBA Finals matchup. He said the two situations were vastly different for right reasons. But quickly after the Cavs lost the 2017 NBA Finals, LeBron James stated that he never played for a superteam.

That statement by LeBron came with some proper criticism given his Heat stint alongside two all-stars, and current stay with the Cavs alongside Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving and a recent opponent agrees. Draymond Green says that the King is the one who started this whole ‘superteam’ trend. Green said it in front of one million people at the Warriors NBA title victory parade. Of course, LeBron James heard what Green had to say yesterday, and he clarified his superteam point. He didn’t start it, but he’s happy to tell you who did and also likes the fact that he’s in the mind of the Warriors.

LeBron James said the following on the Road Trippin’ podcast with Channing Frye, Richard Jefferson and host Allie Clifton.

The question about the superteams starts at the 55-minute mark of the podcast.

No… No….”I mean in 2003, the Lakers combined Karl Malone, Gary Payton, (Shaquille O’Neal), and Kobe (Bryant),” James said. “And in 1996, when (Michael) Jordan was retired, the Rockets joined Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Clyde Drexler all on the same team… I definitely didn’t start the superteam, if that’s what he’s trying to say.”

“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.”


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