Monday, January 10, 2011
The Superteam Is Starting to Make A Comeback
In the 80's there were a lot of stacked teams. There were a lot of capable teams that could ring up 50 plus wins every year. You had the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, and Detroit Pistons in the East. In the West you had the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trailblazers, Houston Rockets, and San Antonio Spurs. Not all of them were championship level teams but were capable of winning division titles and a playoff series or two. I'm not going to run down every roster of the teams listed, but if you went and looked there were some teams that had at least four all star caliber players on their roster.
L.A. Lakers- Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, James Worthy, Byron Scott, A.C. Green, Bob McAdoo
Boston Celtics- Dennis Johnson, Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Bill Walton, Danny Ainge
Philadelphia 76ers- Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Andrew Toney, Moses Malone, Maurice Cheeks, Bobby Jones
Look at those teams and tell me they weren't stacked. No wonder Magic Johnson says he couldn't go play anywhere else. Granted there were a lot of NBA Finals that featured either the Lakers, Celtics or Sixers. Even the Rockets rose up and made a few Finals appearances.
Now we have the Celtics and Heat battling it out in the East. The Orlando Magic had a good team but made some moves to net Jason Richardson and Gilbert Arenas. The Chicago Bulls are only a two guard away from being in the upper echelon of the East. And the New York Knicks are trying to get their own superteam started. The New Jersey Nets are desperately trying to land a superstar to attract others in anticipation for their move to Brooklyn. If you notice all this movement is in the East. There are some solid teams in the West, but they won't get anywhere until King Kobe decides to call it quits. Every team is trying to get themselves in position to win multiple championships. It's almost like it's an arms race nowdays.