The Historic Transition - Taking Vegas



The Historic Transition

By TakingVegas Staff Writer
February 17, 2022

We are in the year 2022. What I’m witnessing now in sports is an abomination to my experience toward the NBA. My first example is 1971 Los Angeles Lakers, they were formed by Fred Schaus and that team led in points and assists. Guess who was on that team folks ?… Just three names that matter. Wilt Chamberlin who by himself scored 100 points in one night lol then you have Jerry West the NBA logo who was in the peak of his season averaging 25.9 points. The Lakers closed out that season 69-13. Enough said.

Moving on to the next team, I could talk about the 1998 Houston rockets and in their starting lineup we have Mr. Footwork himself  Hakeem Olajuwon, if you didn’t know he was the 1994 NBA MVP and a two time finalist MVP against Michael Jordan. Following that act is the 1993 NBA MVP “The Mound Round of Rebound” Charles Barkley, last and certainly not least is the ultimate wing defender and six time champion Scottie Pippen. But that’s not a super team to me. That to me is just a really good team not a super team. Everyone I mentioned were passed their prime.

Now let’s talk about a super team that in recent years, brought up the conversation again to the NBA. This team was loaded with four first ballet hall of famer  who were all in their primes, at the time he was an eight time all star and lead the league in three pointers made all time, two time all NBA and ten time all star.  Then we have  three time assist champion, 2006 and four time all defense. You might know him, his name is Rajon Rondo. Also in the starting lineup was a nine time all star, 1995 all rookie, twelve time all defensive, 2003 NBA MVP and 2007 defensive player of the year, Kevin Garnett. Last and  certainly not least, ten time all star, four time all NBA, 1999 all rookie and 2008 finals MVP. The truth himself Paul pierce. Finish the 2008 season 61 wins and 20 losses and won the championship that year.

Now in recent memory, this team in a lot of peoples eyes “started the superteam movement”. The team had four hall of famers. first hall of famer on the board  2003 all rookie, eleven time all star and he goes by Chris Bosh. Next on the roster we have a 18x all star, 2008 scoring champion, 2003 all rookie and 3x all defense first team and it doesn’t stop there. He was 2006 finals MVP AND 3X CHAMPION! Wow! Next and definitely not least, try and guess who this is. 2007 scoring champion, 2019 assists champion, 4x NBA Champion, 17x all NBA, 2003 all rookie,2003 rookie of the year, 6x all defense, 4x MVP, 4x Finals MVP. Any guesses ? That’s right, Lebron James! Now another hall of famer and at the time he again was the leader in three pointers made in history, Ray Allen. This is a super team just like the 1971 Lakers.

Were in the era of creating super teams to win. That is what’s mind boggling, people blame LeBron James for starting the superteam but its been an on going thing and will continue pass the Golden state warriors who had Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green with any center you want to put in that slot. Now we have the Brooklyn nets about to make history. They have in their starting lineup, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge. The highest drafted lineup ever assembled, they sound like the Avengers in Marvel movies. I have more to unfold but until next time.