Doug Robinson: The problem with LeBron James getting a new sidekick

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  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    June 19, 2019 9:47 a.m.

    Big correction Doug.

    Kevin Garnett started the super team trend not LeBron James. Garnett left the T-wolves in his prime to join up with Ray Allen in his prime who left the Supersonics to team up with Paul Pierce in his prime in Boston.

    If you want to go further then perhaps Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen started the superteam trend when they joined Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwan just out of their prime however.

    then there was Karl Malone and Gary Payton just out of their primes joining prime Shaq and Kobe in LA in 2004.

    LeBron James didn't start this trend at all.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    June 19, 2019 9:20 a.m.

    I would say that Anthony Davis was very patient with the Pelicans, and him wanting to leave is actually 100% on them. Here's why:

    The Pelicans have been the most injury-prone NBA team over his career. Whether it was Eric Gordon, Jrue Holiday, or Demarcus Cousins (and Davis himself) the stars on the Pelicans just kept getting hurt. While we often look at that and say you can't control injuries, maybe it's just bad luck, in this instance it wasn't. The Pelicans are owned by the same group that owns the Saints. In a cost-saving measure, they tried to have the Saints medical staff cover the Pelicans as well. They are not specialists in basketball injuries and prevention, and it showed. Only this last year when they were publicly shamed did they finally hire a basketball training staff.

    Had the Pelicans taken care of him and his co-stars, he showed every indication of wanting to play out his career in New Orleans. They didn't, and he got tired of losing. I don't know that his story is something every smaller market team needs to worry about.

  • Raider Fan Centerville, UT
    June 18, 2019 10:10 p.m.

    I’m no Laker fan, but can we really complain about the Lakers “poaching” Anthony Davis from New Orleans? Doug, did you forget your NBA history? Maybe the Lakers poached Anthony Davis from New Orleans, but 40 years ago, our state didn’t just take one player, we “poached” the entire New Orleans franchise, hence the odd name “Utah Jazz”. Small markets don’t have some sort of constitutional right to have pro sports franchises. I don’t remember anyone here feeling bad for New Orleans 40 years ago when they lost their team, so why should we feel bad now?

  • Boo-yeah ,
    June 18, 2019 10:00 p.m.

    @cal cougar Although I don’t disagree with your sentiment that small market teams can’t have success, classifying Golden State more in the small market zone is a big stretch.

    I do think the article has valid points. Yes, some superstar teams don’t work out, but in general they make it very difficult for most other teams to have a realistic chance at winning.

    I would be support a hard salary cap to increase parity and reduce the ability of star players to have the influence they currently have in the league.

  • BioPowertrain Westland, MI
    June 18, 2019 3:48 p.m.

    If the small-market teams don't like the current system, they need to band together and control the league, since they outnumber big-market teams 4 to 1. But they don't do that because NBA franchises keep going up and up in value with they way things are, and that's what the owners are ultimately driven by since they're all businessmen to begin with. From where I sit I don't see anything really changing. On a more optimistic note, there are always the San Antonio Spurs of the league who won 4 championships through the draft and keeping their players happy and luck. One can always hope the Jazz will find a way to add one or two more stars and pull it off!

  • Anti Bush-Obama , 00
    June 18, 2019 3:30 p.m.

    The Pelicans rebuild may only last the summer if Zion is ready to play immediately.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    June 18, 2019 2:43 p.m.

    What a bunch of cynical garbage. The Lakers are not going to be as good as everyone thinks, and I will be surprised if they show up in the WCF next season. The team is a mess, their front office is a train wreck, and the morale of everyone not named Lebron is at an all time low.

    All stars don't win championships, otherwise GSW would have won yet again. Despite the unfortunate injuries to Durant, GSW still had 3 or 4 all stars playing most of the series, while Toronto only had one. Clearly there is more to winning than simply stacking a team.

    Many small market teams have had success, and many large market teams have languished in obscurity for over a decade now, looking at you New York.

  • cal cougar camarillo, CA
    June 18, 2019 2:16 p.m.

    These teams don't want to lose the player without something in return. Don't be suprised to see New Orleans making some noise in the next couple of years. Much better situation than the alternative. That is why trades are made. Before we go off and moan that only large market teams win, look at this year. Golden State is not particularly a huge market. San Antonio is not huge. Are you are moaning if any large market team ever wins a championship?
    Are you moaning because other small market teams win championships and not your local team? Or just deep seated hate of the Lakers? No trophy is going to be handed to the Lakers without some luck and hard work. Remember, Houston is still good. Portland is still good. Oklahoma is still good. The Clippers may get Leonard and be contenders. And yes, the Jazz have some very good pieces that could gel and do some damage. Could you imagine how it might feel to beat the Lakers, even if? Sit down in front and watch the show. It will be exciting.