‘SUPERFRIENDS’ CLOSER TO BECOMING A REALITY
The ‘Superfriends’ rumors of LeBron, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul playing on a team together to get Carmelo and Paul a ring before they retire is something that can become a reality.
LeBron won Cleveland a championship, the curse on Cleveland has been lifted and can he leave with less blowback now. Wade’s been getting low-balled by the Heat organization that he’s built up since he got drafted in 2003. Paul and the Clippers crumble every time they make an appearance in the playoffs. Anthony’s had to deal with the Knicks being the Knicks for the past decade, although this season is looking better.
All four of these guys on a team together means we might as well skip the regular season and put Golden State against this unit for the Championship.
“I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together. At least one, maybe one or two seasons — me, Melo, D-Wade, CP — we can get a year in,” James said in March.
“I would actually take a pay cut to do that.”
It’s time. pic.twitter.com/0E6JpMZBgT
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 4, 2016
The dismal Cleveland air has been cleared and filled with celebration. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the Cavaliers are Cavaliering. When LeBron went to Miami in 2010, the city rallied with torches and pitchforks and felt as if their superhero had stabbed them in the back. The 2016 championship should keep the riots at bay, at least for another couple years. James has cultivated a pretty decent team around him, and Kyrie Irving is still very young and has many years to give to the Cavaliers. The torch would have to be passed eventually, and what better way to do that than by LeBron going somewhere else for a few years and hazing the Eastern Conference?
The #3 pick of the 2003 NBA draft has good reason to be jaded. He is the only member of the first five draft picks to not win a ring — even Darko Milicic, the #2 pick that ended up being relatively unimpressive in comparison to fellow ’03 draftees Wade, Bosh, and Anthony — won a ring in 2004. From 2006–2008, he got to play with Allen Iverson and was the #1 leading scorer in the NBA at the time of the trade, with Iverson at #2. They made it to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1985, but were eliminated by the Lakers. In 2011, Anthony led the Knicks to their first playoff win since 2001, and then they lost. Long story short, Anthony is a great player with a disappointing track record. The 2016–17 roster for the Knicks looks great, with Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah alongside Carmelo, so we’ll see how this round plays out.
Wade, drafted by the Heat in 2003, has been with the team through thick and thin. His amazing athleticism and selfless devotion to the team has brought them three NBA championships. All of this to initially be offered a low-ball contract in hopes of making cap space for Kevin Durant. D-Wade and LeBron developed a tight friendship during their time together at the Heat, so it will be no surprise if he wants to join his good friend either in Cleveland or elsewhere just for the fun of it. As a Heat fan, I would love to see this happen again in South Beach, but by the looks of it Wade just might be spiteful enough to go to Cleveland.
Paul was the #4 pick of the 2005 draft, and is sort of like the cool underclassmen the older 2003 draft class kids hang out with anyway. With the collection of talent on the Clippers’ roster, it is very disappointing they haven’t made a playoff appearance yet. As the youngest of the ‘Superfriends’, Paul still has some mileage to go. If this mileage, however, includes more lackluster playoff appearances there is no chance he’s going to want to stick it out for the sake of the Clippers.
This is what happens when you put LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul on a boat.pic.twitter.com/smfEbZIRfw
— Cavaliers Nation (@WeAreCavsNation) July 2, 2016
Now, wherever this flood of superstar talent goes is obviously going to need some cap space. Part of me would like to see them all go to a team that’s been recently ransacked by the free agency trades — like OKC, especially after Russell Westbrook inevitably leaves. There are still many pieces needed to fall for the Superfriends to join forces, but Durant hopping on the Golden State squad was one of the bigger ones.