LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh: Why This NBA Superteam Would Fail

July 4th, 2010 by Joel Spickerman Leave a reply »
It's possibly the hottest question in basketball right now: will LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh join forces to create the ultimate team?  It is an intriguing question, to be sure.  Those three All-Stars wearing the same uniform would certainly be a potent combination on paper.  But sports aren't played on paper.

The 2008 Boston Celtics.  The 2004 Los Angeles Lakers.  The 1997 Houston Rockets.  The 1968 Los Angeles Lakers.  Four attempts to create superteams.

The 1967 Lakers, led by Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, and Archie Clark had just completed a season in which they lost in the NBA Finals to the hated Boston Celtics.  Following that loss, owner Jack Kent Cooke engineered on of the biggest blockbuster trades in NBA history, sending Darrall Imhoff, Jerry Chambers, and Archie Clark to Philadelphia in exchange for 1967 MVP Wilt Chamberlain.

The trade paid off immediately.  The superteam of Chamberlain, West, and Baylor led the Lakers to the best record in the league in 1968-1969.  However, as had become the trend over the decade, the Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics in the championship roun ...

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