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Building superteams in NBA is not a new fad

It’s the converse of the Thunder Way, which calls for growing your own superstars. The Thunder is trying to replicate the Spurs, who now have won five of the last 16 NBA championships with homegrown stars.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 10, 2014

The Celtics soared to the 2008 NBA title by superteaming it. Their trades with Seattle and Minnesota allowed Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to team with Paul Pierce in Boston.

The Nets, no deep thinkers of their own, tried to do the same, bringing Pierce and Garnett in last season to team with Deron Williams. Alas, Pierce and Garnett were aging in Boston. They were aged in Brooklyn, and the Nets went thud.

The Rockets tried it, too, clearing all kinds of salary space so that Bosh could be signed and added to a squad of Harden and Howard. But Bosh decided to stay in Miami, and Houston was left with a top-heavy roster. Star power, but no depth.

So will it work in Cleveland? Quite possibly. Any plan that involves LeBron is a good plan. LeBron/Irving/Love isn’t quite the LeBron/Wade/Bosh trio of 2010 but is better than the 2014 version. LeBron/Irving/Love is better short-term than LeBron/Irving/Andrew Wiggins, though I’d have kept Wiggins and gone for the long-term benefits.

But when your city hasn’t won a championship since 1964, you take any shortcut you find. Which includes the building of a superteam.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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