Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  106 responses

Brandon Jennings Against ‘Super Teams’

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

The last few years, NBA teams have realized that the key to winning rings is to put together virtual All-Star squads. Boston did it, L.A. did the same thing, and now, Miami is the latest to hop on the bandwagon.

Players and teams who aren’t part of this trend are understandably unhappy with it, but not everyone speaks out. Brandon Jennings, however, is not one of those who doesn’t say what’s on his mind.

Taking a break from dancing to Lady Gaga, Jennings caught up with TMZ, and explained why he’s not a fan of these so-called “super teams”:

“Everybody’s trying to team up now to try to beat Kobe.” And after calling out Miami and Boston, dude continued, “So I guess me and Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry should all call each other in the next two years and try to hook up and play on the same team.”

Jennings doesn’t think all the teaming up is good for the NBA — adding, “You lose all the competition.”

He may be against it now — or at least he says he is — but should the opportunity come along for Young Money to form or join a stacked team, does anyone truly believe he’d turn it down for the sake of “competition”? Riiiiiight.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Uhm….dummy, you, Tyreke and Steph aren’t even in the same breath as LA’s, Miami’s or Boston’s top three guys. Keeping your Ga Ga roll going and gain some weight. Sometime’s it’s better not to say anything.

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    smh @ the gaga webcam dance.. sent shivers down my back

  • lupe

    Looks like BJ got a little sugar in his tank

  • larrylegend

    curry, reke and jennings on the same team…mhn, nellie should come back from forced retirement!

  • Overtime

    kid’s got a point

  • DDB

    Just a little sugar?

  • tavoris

    so what he’s a lil sweet. HE. IS. RIGHT. These superteams mark the beginning of the end of parity. It also makes the regular season that much more uninteresting.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Dude has a lip ring…nuff said. @ Eboy Reke avg 20 5 5 only rook to do it since Bron. So he is somewhat in same breath as Mia and let me not bring up Jennings dropping 50+. Bc of the video lets not refer to the kid as BJ please…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    tavoris, haven’t you been around here long enough to remember the conversations which were all about the old days of the NBA? The 60′s entirely consisted of Boston Celtic Finals appearances, in the 80′s, when only the Celtics and Lakers would wind up in the Finals year after year……how about the 90′s when the Bulls were in 6 of 10 finals….not good enough? How about the 2000′s…the Lakers in 5 finals, the Spurs in 4? Yeah, this is such a NEW circumstance. Parity has NEVER been associated with the NBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Kap…..you’re not even allowed in this conversation after that silly comment. Stop yourself.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Eboy – what about regular season dominance though? And this is different to those Laker teams of the 80′s.
    Magic was drafted by L.A. He didnt make a choice in Free Agency to join a team and ‘stack it’. Same with Bird and the Celtics. Sure good role players signed with both, but they werent all-nba calibre guys like Garnett or James. This is different.
    Oh, and Shaq left the Magic but it wasnt like L.A was a powerhouse squad when he signed. Bryant was drafted/traded for by the Lakers, but again wasnt an established star (duh).
    The problem with all-nba guys leaving their respective teams is that it front loads the League. Cleveland will suck this year. Miami was a middle of the pack team last year, the Cavs were great. Now one is super great, the other sucks more than Shyla Styles (kids, dont google her).

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @Eboy…Lakers have represented the West 7 times this decade if 09-10 is still this decade. Spurs 3 times. That bit of info should allow me bk in the convo huh?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I’m kinda on the fence about it personally but thats just the argument.
    I’m also aware that Garnett was a sign and trade- but at least the Wolves got something back. K.G also chose the team he was traded to. The Cavs get.. Cap space?
    Ray Allen was a draft day trade and even then, the Celtics werent expected to make it through the 2nd round.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Hursty, one of your examples has a gaping hole in it. Magic would NOT have come out of college if he didn’t know for sure he was going to get drafted by the Lakers to play with Kareem instead of being drafted by the Bulls and their group of nothing talents at the time(A couple of weeks ago there was a link up to the article that told the story from ESPN.com by way of an old LA Times article). Magic was the forerunner of this type of behavior in the NBA. Look for the article. It was around the time of the start of the ’91 NBA Finals.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    > Dude has a lip ring…nuff said

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    “LOOK AT THOSE SIDEBURNS, HE LOOKS LIKE A WOMAN” – I dont even want to think about the type of women you associate with.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    eboy – I’ll take your word for it since its late here and I dont really have any ‘point’ to prove haha. I think that pick actually belonged to Utah at one stage yeah? Not sure how ‘concrete’ the Lakers were on getting the no.1 pick though. Magic would have come out after that reason anyways, regardless of whoever drafted him I think.
    Do you disagree with any of my other points though?
    Ps-how different is what Magic did to what Kobe and Steve Francis eventally did? Making sure they went to/at least avoided playing for certain teams. And subsequently playing their rookie years on better squads than their original team. (the Hornets were decent though at that time though I think. Zo, Larry Johnson, Eddie Jones? My dates might be slightly off).

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I’m assuming the Pause Police hasn’t been alerted to this video yet…

  • Fat Lever

    Boing, ahahahahah, that comment made me spit up some of my coffee. Well played.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    hursty.. Lebron would sign to miami anyway even if we didnt accept the offer.. and that cap will be very important because of the upcoming CBA. we also have miami’s draft picks which is high first round..

  • vtrobot

    del has/had a lip ring and he’s one of the greatest rappers of all time. that brandon/evans/curry team might need a little size too.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    also miami is now Lebron’s team. believe me. Just like 80′S lakers. Cap is Cap but that is Magic’s team.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    J – I dont think I understand your point. Can you clarify please?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Hursty/Eboy are the smartest posters here.

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    Wait… So the Celtics put together their current squad because they wanted to beat Kobe? I thought the Lakers became contenders months AFTER the Celtics started their run towards Banner 17.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I always like to read AllenP’s comments. Jukai’s too. Especially how they structurally break dowm arguments to emphasise points. And occasionally (sp) annihilate other commenters with not just facts/strong opinion but with wit too. Thanks though. I’m also thinking you may have just meant this thread lol.

  • Mr. Robinson

    Philosopher is the real deal

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    hursty that was a reply to your 9:48 comment.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    hursty that was a reply to your 9:48 comment. the cap space part.

  • drosefan

    The ring was fake. He lost a bet so he did it. People get so caught up in calling someone gay, it’s ridiculous. Brandon’s right though. It does do away with some of the competition and everyone is doing whatever they can to beat Kobe and the Lakers..too bad it still won’t work for at least one or two more seasons because the Lakers are still the best team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    hursty its a reply to your 9:48 comment. the cap space part.

  • drosefan

    And the Heat are D-Wade’s team. LeBron had his team and he didn’t want it anymore, that’s part of the reason why he left. He doesn’t want the pressure of being the hands down number one guy. D-Wade has proven that he can be that guy. Fact.

  • tavoris

    Eboy-true, but the NBA was dying (as a brand) until Magic, Bird, and Michael saved it. The 60′s and 70′s were chock full of teams dissolving and moving from small markets, as they were unable to attract big players-or make money. We are headed right back down that road. to celebrate the lack of parity would also be to welcome the end of franchises like New Orleans, Memphis, Charlotte, Indiana, Denver, Minnesota, Milwaukee, etc.

  • tavoris

    I don’t know how long the Heat’s window will be, considering Wade is awfully close to hitting 30. also, if they don’t win this season, then how will they attract players in the era of the next CBA?

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    More super teams makes the NBA weaker and actually does a bad thing for the fans in the end, because if you’re a fan you’d rather wait for a super team to come to town now rather than watch a games with a couple of good players in different teams.

  • james

    he did that video cuz he lost a bet. and the lip ring is fake. you guys are dumb

  • Mo


    You can’t be serious right? “LeBron didn’t want the pressure of being handsdown the #1 guy?” C’mon son, it aint that dam hard to figure out. He left because he knew he’d never be surrounded with enough talent to win a championship in Cleveland. Has absolutely nothing to do with not wanting to be the #1 guy. So does that mean Wade doesn’t want to be the #1 guy either? Because he went and recruited LBJ to come to Miami. No, that’s silly. He chose Miami because that was the best basketball situation for all three of them. People kill me talking like Bron scared and sh*t. LA dam near got an allstar team over there, and Boston has the Rondo and the Big 3. Hell, let LeBron play with (dependable) talent for a change, every other contender is. Where he doesn’t have to make every single dam play just to win.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I actually hope the lack of parity leads to contraction.
    Fewer teams means fewer roster spots, which means that fewer wack players get to play prominent roles, which means better product for me to watch. I like that.

  • tavoris

    @james-the presence or absence of sweetness in Jennings is unimportant to me.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I’m just going by what I see and not what I hear.

  • Dagger

    Yeah, because super teams really ruined the league in the 80s and 90s . . . .

  • tavoris

    Allenp-I get the feeling you’re playing devil’s advocate for kicks and giggles.

  • tavoris

    @Dagger-the 80′s and 90′s were the beginning of an era of somewhat-parity in the NBA. It’s not like any team won 8 titles in a row anymore.

  • Ali

    B-Jenn mis me with the Vid kid! Let your skills do your talking young fella. Nuff said….

  • Uk

    They would be better off teaming up with the kings cuz they gave Demarcus cousins and they would atleast have a big man unlike the heat

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nah. I want competition. I would have preferred if Lebron went to Chicago, like I’ve said. But, if an offshoot of the super team movement is contraction, which I’ve long supported, then something good will have come from Lebron’s self-serving decision.
    I think we have too many teams in the league, and too often the basketball we get reflects the problems associated with a dilution of talent. Too many owners are just using their teams as status symbols or profit making ventures. They don’t care about actually developing talent or making good decisions. I say get rid of the teams that can’t survive, and let us have a better overall product to watch.
    Why don’t you like that prospect? I don’t really care if one team manages to dominate, but I want the regular season and playoffs to have a more similar level of play.

  • monkeyball

    I disagree that “super teams” necessarily destroy parity. The Celtics signed two HOF players a couple of years ago, but those guys all had to find ways to fit into their new situation. Lot of talent means lots of ego and more opportunities for bad chemistry. Remember the Hakeem-Barkley-Pippen Rockets of the late 90′s? Didn’t win a thing. Further, if Miami implodes, the East is wide open with the aging C’s and the shaky Magic.

  • tavoris

    @Allenp-I prefer competition, but I also enjoy watching basketball at all levels..good & bad.
    Right now, I can drive 3 hours and see the Knicks, Nets, Sixers, and Wizards. Contraction could mean the demise of the latter two franchises.

    Plus, the Clippers would still survive-and still suck. Plus, the Knicks are gonna suck as long as Dolan is around to keep trying to rehire Isiah Thomas.

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out @all of the money to be made this coming season!

  • LA Huey

    History says “super teams” are good for the league. I think its partly because if a team is even good enough to make the playoffs, there won’t be any lames in a key rotation (Farmar/Brown) and we won’t see sidekicks masquerading as 1st options (re: Joe Johnson). I wouldn’t be mad if the league contracted by about 4 teams. But I’m from Seattle so…

  • unrel

    just out of curiousity.. if the league lost a few teams.. everyone would still be entertained to watch miami kill the knicks 8-10 times a year?.. and everyone in terms of.. EVERYONE.. not just basketball fans.. but families, etc…

  • unrel

    i’m not a big fan of all-nba guys getting together and signing to one team.. but it’s their right to do so as free agents.. i prefer seeing teams build them.. like trading for KG/Pau.. or through draft picks.. etc..

  • drosefan

    He was on a team that won 60 plus games two seasons in a row….so are you telling me that they weren’t good enough? They were considered the favorite to win last season so they obviously did build a championship team caliber team. If he would have come to play for the full Celtics series, they would have had a better chance of beating them. It has everything to do with him not being capable of being the number one guy on a championship team.

  • underdog

    C’mon the ’95-96 Bulls was a “superteam” too.

  • feez22

    parity? please people… as a person knowing the HISTORY OF THE GAME i have seen my fare share of “super teams”. the 80s celtics, the 80s lakers(in which one of them i believe the 86-87 lakers were quite possibly the best team of ALL TIME), the bad boy pistons, the 96-98 bulls… all of these teams were “super teams”. to delve even deeper did we not just see super teams in the 04 pistons and the 08 celtics? did we not just see a stacked laker team this year that barring injuries would have won 60+ in the west? we have to face the facts. stacked teams usually win the rings. in the last 10 yrs the spurs/lakers/pistons/heat/celtics have won a title. thats 5 teams. and since the heat and celts won 1 each, the lakers are responsible for 5 and the spurs are responsible for 3 THIS DECADE. there is no damn parity. if you haven’t noticed already, there are usually only 4 teams that are even considered in contention for the championship every yr. parity? please… the cavs 2nd best player this year was jamison. he had a 16.9 PER. the last team to win a ring with 1 player over 18 PER were the 94 rockets and this was regarded by many as the weakest yr the nba has ever had. jump off the high horse and realise the cavs didn’t have nearly enough. super teams don’t bother me bc super teams always win. the showtime lakers were a SUPER TEAM with 3 HOF’s on the squad. why don’t we spite them? Double standard… hypocritical.

  • unrel

    to go along with feez… i like seeing teams build a super team.. more than just teams dumping salaries and players signing contracts based on the buddy system.. but again.. it’s a new era of nba fans and players..

  • feez22

    not to mention that 5 of the top 10 players of all time (jordan, magic, bird, kareem, Magic)all played on a super team at one time in their careers. Bird had mchale and Parrish 2 HOF players. Jordan later in his career played with pippen (HOF) and rodman (if not for the carmen electra/wedding dress phase would be in the HOF right now),Kareem and magic(both played with james worthy HOF player, Byron scott great player, michael cooper great defender the list goes on and on and on for the showtime lakers) yet yall expect me to spite lebron wade and bosh for teaming up? Please… all i know is that i have seen this plenty of times before. competition, parity is all a big mirage anyways the only true outlier to win a championship this decade was the dwayne wade led miami heat (swept the yr after, 15 wins yr after that, a pair of 40+ win seasons out of the 1st rd). the days of 1 star carrying a team are hopefully over (see lebron, iverson, mid t-mac, etc). now we can see TRUE TEAM BASKETBALL instead of the 1 on 5 brand iverson and lebron played in their respective former franchises.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Yeah I was just talking about this thread my dude, but I totally agree with your comment, haha.

  • feez22

    lol my bad i put magic twice in top 5 all time. i meant (jordan, magic, bird, kareem, Bill Russell)

  • feez22

    oops i had a typo in my 5 of top 10 players list. i meant (jordan, magic, bird, kareem, russell).

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t think Philly or Washington would contract given their locations.
    I think Memphis, Sac Town, Minnesota, New Orleans and Charlotte would be prime candidates for contraction though. Possibly Indiana too.
    Also, to the guy who mentioned Miami beating up on the Knicks, with contraction, it would be less likely that the talent gap between the Heat and Knicks would so high. Fewer teams means better players on each team and it would make it easier for teams to recover from poor management decisions because the talent floating around would be better. I think.

  • http://slamonline.com ENDS

    Every team in the nba in the late 80-90 had stars Malone Stockton, hakeem Thorpe/glide, Barkley kj, the admiral pip, mj, shaq, penny grant, nique, zo lj, Kemp Payton, Ewing, starks, ghill, Miller, Smith.

    Every squad had there superstar I remember u could get a ticket to any team and still see an allstar and the opposing side

    Eboy if u get amnesia quick, check NBA Jam for reference on the parity there used to be.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Ends…..almost all those great players you referenced played on squads and won no rings….I was talking about great teams, not great players.

  • http://www.TheNBABreakdown.com TheAudman

    While I respect and appreciate all the historical context – we’re in an era that can’t really compared to the great teams of the past. From a talent level YES but that’s where the comparisons stop. The underlying issue in all this is strongly tied into the fact that the players are essentially calling the shots. The great Bulls, Celtics and Lakers teams were built by the organization and not the players. While its hard to exactly pinpoint when these discussions started, its quite conceivable that Bosh, LBJ & Wade have had this in the works for a while. Gone are the days where a player got selected and played out the terms of the contract for the team that drafted him. We’ve seen players sulk on draft day because they didn’t like their new team, hold out during training camp and flat out quit at the mid season point. I think BJ is raising legitmate point around players conspiring together to build these “super teams” but I don’t believe it’ll make the league less competitive – the Miami Heat players will have a bulls eye on their back for the entire season.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    TheAudman: Right, because none of the original players sulked their way out of their teams (CHAMBERLAIN, RICK BARRY!!!!!!!!!!)

  • T-Money

    You know what era we’re in? The era where we like to pretend that everything that we’re experiencing is a paradigm shift. Super teams are not new, players holding out is not new, stingy backstabbing owners is not new, players sulking to get to a better team is not new. Also, last time I checked LBJ/Bosh/Wade DID honor their contracts. They played for 7 freaking years before becoming free agents. As far as guys like BJ: hyprocrites. You think he’d be catching feelings for the rest of the league if he were in Chalmers’ position?

  • dw24

    EBOY = Biggest Heat C*ck$ucker. They’re losers man. None of them can beat Kobe so now they join together to beat him and they still won’t. Get off the D*ck man. Quit being a b*tch fan.

  • ab_40

    tmz + basketball interviews = a post on slamonline? When did this happen?

  • drosefan

    Today’s player is nothing like the 90s or 80s player. The last few guys from the 90s (Kobe, KG, Shaq, Duncan) will be gone in a few years and I just hope that when they leave, instead of promoting guys like LeBron, the league will put Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant out there more. Two humble guys who are not Hollywood and selfish.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    So it sounds like people are sour because:
    a) They’re insecure about their own team’s prospects in light of this “new trend”.
    b) Caught a bad case of revisionist history and believe teams with dynastic potential are something new.
    c) Are disciples of Jerry Krause and believe it should be organizations that put together championship teams.

  • unrel

    @Allenp.. i wasn’t referring to teams having better talent.. it was probably just habbit assuming the knicks would lose more than win.. but i’m just saying.. would it still be fun for the average fan and basketball fan.. to see the same squads square off over and over again.. like baseball.. watching 2 teams play each other every day for a week series.. they’d have to play everyone in their conference once a week..

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    People are sour because they’re not millionaire NBA players.
    That’s the root of all the b*tchassness.
    People loved it when Russel and Robertson did it. Didn’t you realize that their were only like eight teams in the league back then, but they played very long seasons?

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Alright guys, enough of the hate. Sure i dont like this new super team sh!t either but how long and how many times can you say the same thing? Let’s just wait and see how it works out and talk about what is worth discussing when the opportunity arises. The only thing more annoying than a super team is hearing disgruntled players/fans discussing it a couple months after it happened. Move the fu(k on.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Hursty Posted: Aug.30 at 9:41 am
    “Magic was drafted by L.A. He didnt make a choice in Free Agency to join a team and ’stack it’. Same with Bird and the Celtics. Sure good role players signed with both, but they werent all-nba calibre guys like Garnett or James. This is different.”
    Not really. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leaving Milwaukee and signing with the Lakers is what made LA the powerhouse it was. Which is why, out of all NBA fans, Laker fans have LEAST merit when complaining about Miami’s strategy, because the Showtime Lakers are the epitome of stacked teams and behemoth All-NBA-driven line-ups.

  • Robb

    Thanks Brandon, there’s hope young players still can embrace what this game is all about. And honestly you can’t compare what Boston and L.A. did to what Miami did this summer. Having 3 superstars is too much.

  • Mo


    My point is the Cavs won 60 games mainly because of LBJ. The issue is they built a team that relies on Lebron too much. What happens when he has a bad game or two? Exactly what you saw against Boston this year, the cavs get their butts kicked. He’s not able to have a night off. But Kobe can have horrible games and the lakers still win. That’s the difference between the talent surrounding the two. Kobe can actually rely on his teammates in the “playoffs” while Bron’s teammates run and hide. Mo, Varejao, Twan, Z, Delonte, etc. It’s easy to coast thru the regular season, having fun, blah blah. But everytime the playoffs come around, LBJ has do “Everything” and that wears on you as a player. Ask kobe when he was scoring 81 pts and all that. When the playoffs came, they where taking their butts home in the 1st rd. Then he demanded a trade cause he got tired of that sh*t. Not that he didn’t want the pressure of being the #1 guy. He wanted some dam help. Same with Bron. The Cavs wasn’t gonna get better anytime soon and he saw that a mile away.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    I’m all for contraction, but IMO it’s a pipe dream. No way that a national league is going to stop expanding, let alone contract, when there’s money to be made from cities putting up teams. Of course, present economic climate excluded, but that’s going to temporary.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And, as Eboy noted, Magic once refused to play for the Bulls, which is why the Lakers got him. Just saying.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    As long as fans continue to support their home teams, contraction won’t happen. As players across the world get better and play more basketball, the amount of talent out there to fill roster spots will increase. What the NBA needs to watch out for is expanding again before there is enough talent to make all players ‘quality’. There are already more international players in the NBA than ever before and we’ll just see the number continue to rise. Seattle wants a team again, Las Vegas in on the short list, Jackonville, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, etc. will all push for an expansion team (or a team to move to them). The bigger baskeball gets, the bigger the NBA will want to become. With several cities having baseball and/or football teams, it’s natual that they’ll be in contention for a NBA team at some point too. The ‘superteams’ are talked about year round, which means the NBA is talked about year round – that’s good for basketball. What I don’t like about the Heat and the possibility of Melo or CP3 trying to create more superteams is that it just feels so ‘manufactured’. The Celts, Lakers (Pau trade was ‘ify’), Spurs, Pistons seemed organic the way they formed with just good coaching, trades and draft picks. If we see too many ‘player-created’ superteams, I think that would be bad for the league. The lack of parity has stopped the league from growing but I’d argue if there was more parity it would be even bigger than it is. I just hope it doesn’t expand anymore before the talent pool catches up to field all quality teams.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    ^ I meant to say the lack of parity has NOT stopped the league from growing.

  • Balherett3

    The NBA is now more lopsided than ShAQ on a teeter totter.

  • todddd

    slamonline posts need #s not just time stamps!

  • JTaylor21

    ^^^^Who ever says that NBA having no parity is a problem needs to choke on a big fat oscar meyer. There has NEVER been parity in the league history and there never will be. The only time that there was even a resemblance of parity was in the 70s when the knickerbockers and celtics were the only team in the whole decade to win 2 chips. So why all of a sudden a people panties all in a bunch about NO parity, Who gives a F*CK. The more star-packed teams in the league, the better for the NBA.

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    All of you guys talking about ruining the parity in the NBA must not be watching the same NBA I am. Last 31 NBA title winners: Lakers, Lakers, Celtics, Spurs, Heat, Spurs, Pistons, Spurs, Lakers, Lakers, Lakers, Spurs, Bulls, Bulls, Bulls, Rockets, Rockets, Bulls, Bulls, Bulls, Pistons, Pistons, Lakers, Lakers, Celtics, Lakers, Celtics, 76ers, Lakers, Celtics, Lakers. Eight teams have won the last 31 titles. What parity are you talking about here?

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Damn, same thought at the same time.

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Same thought at the same time.

  • foolio iglesias

    Brandon Jennings looks like Del Tha Funkee Homosapien

  • RipCity

    It’s funny how others players were commended for “sacrificing” and joining forces with potential championship teams, but the Heat trio are being crucified.

  • xplore

    i’m an la lakers fan but i know what bj means about this “super team” stuff. This “hey let’s get together to beat kobe and pau” thing is getting annoying. I like where he’s going with this. I loved the “dance” to lady gaga, hahaha

  • flipnoyce

    Damn too much info going around in here but not enough on what the article was written for!!! What Jennings was trying to say is—–pretty soon the competition won’t be there as much, division wise!!! He said “in 3 years”not this year! Get it!! Who knows- REKE, CURRY n himself in those short time could actually become superstars like DWade,Bosh,and LBJ we just don’t know yet but so far their status says so for rookies otherwise! On the other hand who wouldn’t join a powerhouse if you were ask and not to mention the money is good as well. Unless, your LBJ the best player in the league,just invite yourself rigth in, who would say no to that????

  • drosefan

    Kobe lights a fire under his teammates. LeBron has yet to learn how to motivate his teammates. Dwyane does that. Maybe a little less antics and a little more focus and seriousness would have helped him while he was in Cleveland. You would think that after a few years of playing by himself in the playoffs, he would have figured out that he had to push those guys to another level. Why did Antawn Jamison do so well in Washington and then when he got to Cleveland, he was supposed to help them secure a championship but he got worse? LeBron should have been on him and Mo Williams and gotten them to help him instead of quitting in that Game 5.

  • The Philosopher

    Kobe quit in The Playoffs, too.

  • JTaylor21

    DRosefan are you talking bout the same AJamison that couldn’t beat the cavs playing with 2 other all stars with the Wizards. Dude is an over the hill, 34 yr old undersized PF who got abused by a player (KG) who outsized and outplayed him on every play. Stop acting like the cavs ever surrounded Bron with a great player like Gasol and very good role players like artest, odom, bynum, and fisher. Please know what the HELL your talking bout before you open up that black hole on your face.

  • feez22

    lol back to lebrons supporting cast… hopefully this post can put it to rest. in the 08/09 nba season mo williams was not initially an all star. it took for 2 guys to get injured to get him in. chris bosh got injured, ray allen got in. when jameer was injured mo williams finally got in. thats not a “true” all star to me. in the ecf against the magic lebron avg 38-8-8 and his team still lost. before game 6 he made 60 PERCENT of his teams TOTAL BASKETS… that doesn’t show me that he had help. that shows me he had a LACK OF HELP. now to 09-10. the cavs were on their usual dominant season roll when they decided to not trade for a TRUE ALL STAR in stoudamire. why? bc they didn’t want to add in JJ HICKSON to the deal. for christ sakes lol. anyways, they got jamison and that jamison they got played ok in the season. he played very well in the 1st rd. in the 2nd round thats where mo will and jamison DISAPPEARED. both of their numbers were WAY DOWN from their season avgs and to be frank mo williams avg 13.3ppg & 5.5 assts per while letting rondo go off for 20.7ppg and 10assts per. Jamison went from avg 19.7ppg in the 1st round to avg a measley 11.8ppg and 7.3reb per letting garnett go buck wild for 18-10 his best avg’s this playoffs. now yall can say he had help. im just saying by the facts, his help didn’t show in the conf semis. that in fact means he didn’t have help. Jamison was the 2nd best cav and he only had a 16.9 PER. FACT: the last time a team with only 1 player over 18 PER won a championship was the 1994 rockets in one of the worst nba years in nba history. so in fact he did not have help. jamison scored five points in game 6. FIVE. you can talk about lebrons turnovers all you want. when your 2nd best player only drops 5 pts and lets garnett go wild again you will LOSE PERIOD.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    > So why all of a sudden a people panties all in a bunch
    > about NO parity. The more star-packed teams in the
    > league, the better for the NBA
    Uh, yeah, that would what parity is. 30 star-packed teams is much better than three star-packed teams.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    And, I’ll add, that’s exactly why the NBA needs to cut 10 teams. But I doubt anyone will really like that idea, but it will work in terms of preserving parity and team losses.

  • JTaylor21

    @feez22 in denzel’s voice; MY MAN. That had to be the BEST and MOST FACTUAL comment on this site in a very long time, good job on breaking it down for all those imbeciles out there.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    I won’t argue with the numbers, feez, but having played on a lot of teams over a lot of years, I do know that when a star is the total offensive focus of the team that it isn’t always his teammates fault, but the fault of the star himself. Hakeem and his coach made a team like the ’94 Rockets into champions. Top to bottom, those Rockets weren’t as good a team as the ’10 Cavaliers were, and the confernece those Rockets played in was much stronger than the one the Cavs were in. But Hakeem and Tomjanovich did what LeBron and his coach didn’t – carried them and made them into a championship team.

  • phil

    whenever an article mentions anything about the heat, eboy owes about 30% of the comments

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    I’ve been trying to make this superteam system work on my franchise mode on Xbox, and I just cannot get these virtual players to fall for the, “Well, you get less money and most people will hate you, but you get a lot of rings that people won’t want to give you credit for” pitch. Maybe I shouldn’t have been the Clippers.

  • MC Pats

    rofl at ^^^^

  • M5

    When you look at the “SuperFriends” Thru the “Kobe couldn’t do it without Shaq” goggles, the media wore from 05-09, how could any of those guys come out looking any better. To me, this is where all/most of the backlash is coming from.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol folks are so blind, look at the last 5 champions…4 have come after big time key additions. Wade+Shaq in ’06, Big 3 in ’08, Kobe+Pau in 09, Kobe+Pau+Ron in ’10….after lets see…5 years and BJ hasn’t won a championship he’s going to be looking around the league for dancing partners absolutely no question

  • Tyler

    BJ one of my fav pgs but he sounds just like the rest of the haters

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