When LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh teamed up in 2010, they got a lot of hate for forming a superteam. But the NBA has had superteams right from the inception of the league. From Bill Russell’s Boston Celtics team who had 11 Future Hall of Famers to Steph Curry’s Golden State Warriors, superteams have made the league lopsided for years.
Now that all the players staying on the same campus in the Orlando bubble, an anonymous coach has said, the next superteam will rise out of this. While speaking to Yahoo Sports, the coach said, “The next super team will come out of this. I believe it’s inevitable. Guys wanna play in the now, but they’re also looking ahead. They know it’s a lot of money at stake for the immediate future and for way down the line.”
Will we see the next NBA superteam in 2021?
“I walk into my hotel, I see [All-Star player] in the lobby,” the coach said. “We’re on the elevator, I get off on one floor, he’s on another. If I knew him like that and wanted to meet up with him, I could. We could golf, we could fish. There’s so much to do in the downtime, the league can’t police that stuff.”
The 2020 NBA Free Agency class boasts a few All-Stars with Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, and Brandon Ingram, but the 2021 NBA Free Agency class is the real deal. LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and the list goes on.
The most ‘tampered-with’ player is going to be Giannis who will be an unrestricted free agent next year. Giannis will be eager to test the waters if he cannot win a championship with Milwaukee. When the Lakers appointed former Bucks coach Jason Kidd and then signed Giannis’ brother Thanasis, it led to rumors that all this was to persuade Giannis to join the Lake Show.
“I think he’s (Giannis) focused on winning right now and he wants to win it all, not just get to the Finals,” a league source said. “But it won’t stop people from reaching out.”
The Team USA camp back in the 2008 Olympics had a similar environment. That is what brought Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan close. And last year, this friendship turned into teaming up when all of them joined the Nets, with KD and Kyrie taking less than the max to make room for Jordan. So it won’t be surprising to see these recruitments take shape in the coming months when we hit Free Agency.