Richard Jefferson proclaims his love for superteams following the Lakers trade for Russell Westbrook, by listing out other superteams in NBA history.
The Los Angeles Lakers bringing Russell Westbrook on board to team him up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis officially marks the beginning of yet another superteam. The James Harden trade back in January led to a superteam forming out East and even with a relatively homegrown team like the Milwaukee Bucks winning it all this season, it feels as though stacked teams will continue to dominate, barring injuries.
Most NBA fans believe superstars teaming up in a big market is bad for the NBA as it negates the sense of competition while simultaneously being unfair towards markets like Oklahoma, Phoenix, Milwaukee, and so on.
Others in the camp of wanting to see the best of the best duke it out on the biggest stage of them all, the NBA Finals. The more superstars we see on that stage, the better. There is no denying that if the Lakers and the Nets were in the 2021 NBA Finals, the storylines surrounding it alone would result in viewership increasing.
Richard Jefferson is a fan of superteams, like the Lakers, forming.
Superteams aren’t something that the ‘08 Boston Celtics or the ‘11 Miami Heat brought to the NBA. Superstars on one team have been a thing ever since the 60s Celtics, the 80s Celtics, and even the late 90s Rockets with guys like Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, and Charles Barkley on the same squad.
Richard Jefferson references these teams and the newer ones like the Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets when claiming that he indeed, loves superteams. In a follow-up tweet, he admits that he does not care if NBA fans have a problem with him professing his love for them.
Tweet away, argue till you’re blue in the face but players are creating them now soooo oh well 😂😂
— Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) August 4, 2021
Though having a couple overpowered teams in the NBA at once diminishes the competitiveness between teams as, from the get-go, it’s obvious that those squads will be the ones remaining, it’s quite exciting seeing the greatest players on the planet duke it out together.
Homegrown teams in smaller markets winning the championship is always a feel-good story but when it comes to pure entertainment, perhaps watching 5 to 6 All-Stars go at it in a seven game series isn’t all too bad.