Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
But in the prime of his career he was also demanding trade on TV and Radio because he didn't think he had a good team around him.
Also, he didn't get away from Shaq because he didn't want to make a Super team. Instead, he wanted a Super-Team with him in charge.
Yep, he demanded a trade when the talent on the roster was on the completely opposite end of the spectrum. Outside of a solid player in Odom and a very young & raw Bynum, the vast majority of that roster was either out of the league or at the end of a bench right afterward.
He never got a super team. He got a really good #2 who was a fringe all-star. I know people like to paint Pau as being more than that, but before LA, he was a 1-time all-star that was being beaten out to All-Star rosters by guys like Andrei Kirilenko, David West, & Carlos Boozer. He took that dude, Odom, & a Bynum that could barely walk to two titles.
Not a "super team", and far different than taking one of the 5 greatest players at his position in his late 20's & early 30's and a guy who had made 5 ASG's (also in his late 20's) on his own to titles.
We've gone this route before...so I'd leave it at - I disagree that it wasn't a super-team. Gasol was not an all-star due to other reasons...not because he didn't deserve it. Hibbert made the all-star team in East with 13/9 averages.
But, regardless of that - the fact remains...Kobe b***hed and moan while he was under contract. He did what guys like 'melo and Dwight have done past couple years. He threw team-mates, coaches, front office under the bus. He blamed everyone but himself. Kobe stayed in LA because Lakers convinced him (through their track record and ability to attract FAs) that with Lakers he will have the best chance of winning.
That's exactly what Lebron (as a FA) did. He found the best possible chance at winning after seeing San Antonio, Lakers, Boston win titles with multiple stars. San Antonio did it through draft, Boston and Lakers did it through trade, and Miami did it though FA. How is it Lebron's fault that he got drafted by an incompetent franchise that couldn't draft well or make good trades?