Anthony Davis pushed his way out of Los Angeles to team up with LeBron James. Kawhi Leonard demanded Paul George when he agreed to sign with the Clippers. James Harden wreaked havoc on the Rockets until they sent him to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. The Milwaukee Bucks sold the house to get Jrue Holiday with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.
If you don’t hop aboard the superteam or dynamic duo train, you’ll be cast aside in today’s NBA. Just ask Bulls front office leaders Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley, who decided to nab themselves a second All-Star at this season’s trade deadline. There is no doubt this new era of team building has created a whole new kind of intrigue around the league. Seeing high-profile players team up can not only create fascinating storylines, but also provide some captivating basketball. At the same time, it hasn’t gained the warmest of welcomes from long-time lovers of the game.
Stephen Curry surpassed Wilt Chamberlain as the Golden State Warriors all-time leading scorer on Monday night. ESPN spoke with players Reggie Miller, Drik Nowitizki, and Jerry West about the meaning of playing with one organization for an entire career, and the accomplishments that can come along with that.
One of the questions asked of these three appeared as followed: “Was there ever a point you felt like you might leave? Any superstar pitches to join forces?” Both Nowitizki and West more or less said yes, while Miller gave a very hard no. In fact, he really made sure to sell his point home.
No. And if Michael Jordan ever would have called me and tried to sway me to come to Chicago, I would have told him to go f— himself! “I’ll be coming to see you on I-65 or whatever that highway is there. I’ll be down to see you.”
(1) Sure, Jan.
(2) I don’t recommend saying that to Michael Jordan.
Is Reggie being for real, though? I know players may have had a greater sense of loyalty back then, and I know there may have been less league-wide friendships (especially when it came to Reggie Miller), but is the man really saying he would much rather not have a ring than play with the GOAT if offered, especially in hindsight? Hmmm.
Either way, we know this never would have happened because Jordan would have never let it happen. The guy probably enjoyed beating Miller as much as anyone, and he was more than comfortable doing it all next to Scottie anyway.