Drexler Disagrees With LeBron: Superteams Began Long Before ’96 Houston Rockets
Immediately following comments from Draymond Green that LeBron James started the superteams trend, LeBron responded earlier this month that the NBA’s superteam trend began with the 1996 Rockets, who had Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Drexler took time Sunday to correct the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, telling ESPN that the original superteams predated his time with the Rockets – going all the way back to the early days of the NBA.
“You know, I love LeBron and anything he says is gold. But I’d really like to give you a different opinion,” Drexler told ESPN’s Coley Harvey at the BIG3 opener Sunday. “The Big Three was Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar), (James) Worthy and Magic (Johnson), way before (Larry) Bird, (Robert) Parish, (Cedric) Maxwell and (Kevin) McHale and Dennis Johnson. Those great teams always had four, five great players. Not only three, they had four to five great players.
“The early Celtics from the ’60s with Bill Russell, (John) Havlicek, (Bob) Cousy and Sam Jones, that was the first Big Three. So it goes further back from that.”
“To LeBron, I appreciate the comment but it went further back than Phi Slama Jama or the Houston Rockets.”