Apparently, the NBA revolves around beating LeBron James and his teams. Or so it seems, judging from the discourse around LaMarcus Aldridge.
LaMarcus Aldridge diverted a tidal wave of superteam hate the way of the Brooklyn Nets. People are indignant that this team now has 6 players who have made All-NBA teams in their careers.
While the Nets are inarguably the deepest team in terms of elite offensive talent today, it’s not like they signed some unbeatable superhero yesterday. LaMarcus is 36, Griffin is 33 and neither of them has ever been a great defender even at their peak.
The Nets’ primary criticism all season long has been their poor defensive track record. Activating and grooming Nic Claxton after his recovery is the only move they have made to remedy this.
NBA Twitter sympathizes with LeBron James after Brooklyn Nets sign LaMarcus Aldridge
Pelicans beat writer Ben Stinar posted a tweet with some content that has been on several people’s minds of late. According to Stinar, the NBA has revolved around beating King James for over a decade:
“It’s crazy that every team since 2010 has been designed to try to beat LeBron James.”
It’s crazy that every team since 2010 has been designed to try to beat LeBron James
— Ben Stinar (@BenStinar) March 28, 2021
As you can guess, this is a highly controversial opinion. Disagreements are bound to occur with this line of thought:
Ummm… What?!? pic.twitter.com/lmROvizaPC
— Jerry Hairston, Jr. (@TheRealJHair) March 28, 2021
What’s crazy is that it’s never taken much 😂 pic.twitter.com/CfwyEtRtkk
— Lebron fears KD (@LebronIsntTop10) March 28, 2021
He started that sh*t pic.twitter.com/F3tiidfq2u
— JI stan (@mag1c_mar5) March 28, 2021
That was the year LeBron started the AAU Era and he hasn’t stopped teaming up with new superstars since.
— Luka 2 Doncics at the same time (@sixandzero23) March 28, 2021
It’s crazy that LeBron formed a superteam in Miami with 2 other top 13 players in 2010 just to get past the Lakers led by a 32 year old Kobe and an aging Celtics team with a 34 year old KG & 35 year old Ray Allen.
— Johnny (@John99440330) March 28, 2021
that’s because he’s been stacking the deck since 2010
— Manyfacegod35 (@manyfacegod35) March 28, 2021
Even if Stinar had managed to defend these half-baked accusations, he would definitely have been stumped by the one below.
How were the 2015 Warriors designed to beat LeBron?
— Michael Barker (@MrBarker718) March 28, 2021
The media makes money by talking about LeBron James all day, because that’s what the people have shown they want. That doesn’t mean NBA teams are operating by the same principle.