The Boston Celtics are truly unique. The 2008 green team is the only group to overcome the odds and win by creating a super team. General Manager, Danny Ainge, combined three legends; Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined Paul Pierce to form, on paper, an unbeatable team. The expectation was “championship or bust,” and thankfully, the trio delivered; it will not happen again. (Sorry Miami, but your team will suck again!)
I cannot speak of the super teams which existed before my time because I am not an NBA historian. The first super team that I can recall is the 1996-1999 Chicago Bulls. Legends, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan, welcomed super defender Dennis Rodman, and the Bulls won three consecutive championships. (Great team, but Rodman is a weird dude!)
The next super team is the 1996-1997 Houston Rockets. After winning consecutive championships, the Rockets traded for Charles Barkley. He joined two other legends; Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. There was one major obstacle for the super team; Michael Jordan returned to the Bulls and he was ready to reclaim his throne. Tragically, for Sir Charles, the super team didn’t even make it to the Finals. (The loss was bad but Charles Barkley’s golf swing is worse!)
Watch video here: Worst golf swing ever!
An even greater super team is the 2003-2004 Los Angeles Lakers. Superstar player, Karl Malone, joined the Lake Show to form a super team. Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant were joined by All-Star point guard Gary Payton and Malone; the team was guaranteed to win, except for the fact that they failed to deliver. The loss was so unbelievable that the Lakers separated the unstoppable tandem of Shaq and Kobe. (Kobe lost his mind and became a rapist, ALLEGEDLY!)
*They’re going to love me in LA!*
We all know about LeBron James, taking his talents to South Beach and riding Dwayne Wade’s coattails to an NBA Finals loss. The team was dubbed the next Big Three, but who the hell considers Chris Bosh an NBA legend? (Future generations will use the analogy: A baby’s bottom is softer than Chris Bosh!)
This year, everyone seems to be attempting to create their own super team, The New York Knickerbockers are the only team to succeed, as of yet. They added defending champion and All-Star center, Tyson Chandler, to their extremely talented tandem of Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. Fear not Celtics fans; New York will not dominate anything; their last title came in 1973. I actually feel bad for the Madison Square Garden; the world’s most famous arena houses a bunch of losers. (The Knicks will not win an NBA championship in my Lifetime!)
The reason super teams do not produce championships is the fact that a key element is overlooked; CHEMISTRY! The Celtics won because they combined three selfless stars, who were only concerned with winning. The other teams have self-centered egomaniacs who are only concerned with their own stardom. If you worry about the stat sheet, you will alienate your teammates and ultimately fail to win the big game.
Anyone who plays pickup basketball can attest to the fact that too many greedy players, regardless of talent, will not be successful. There is too much of an adjustment to be made. If someone is conditioned to score, they often find it difficult to figure out a role, creating a group of five individuals instead of a team.
Two stars works perfectly, because they can take turns making plays, but three can only work with a great coach and all of the players buying into the game plan. Once people begin to deviate from the main goal, chaos ensues and the team fails to win the big game.
The Los Angeles Clippers seem to be onto something; the team recently acquired Chris Paul to join Blake Griffin, a future legend. Most people will expect the Clippers to challenge for a championship, but their owner Donald Sterling is a proven loser. This is not the first year that the team has high expectations. Something will go wrong and the Clippers will fail because they are the Clippers. (Enjoy the highlights while they last!)
The Celtics will rally under the leadership of Doc Rivers and produce another Championship. The super teams will bow before the mighty shamrocks and witness a rolling rally through Downtown Boston!
For some reason, I wish the lockout lasted the entire season; the NBA is annoying to watch! (David Stern has too much power!)