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One of the most foolish notions that exist in the world (especially in the twittersphere) is that a player won it all by himself, games, championships, all the above. It is a notion that regards individuality in a sport that requires a high level of team play. We have seen it when it came to LeBron James time in Miami, where the favorite line of those who dislike the Heat or want to argue his greatness is that “he won Miami two rings”, when that could not be further from the truth. The team aspect is often lost when sports fans glorify a player, and it is especially rampant for teams that have players that are often considered some of the greatest.

We are currently in an era that seems to ignore the art of team play, whoever the star of the team is gets majority of the credit and none of the blame. In Cleveland it’s LeBron, in OKC it’s Durant and Westbrook, and the most obvious example today is Steph Curry and the Warriors. Even his Airness Michael Jordan is often glorified to the point that one would assume he went 72-10 all by himself based on how the accolade is often spoken about.

 

Golden State has one of the best starting fives in the NBA, they actually may have one of the most complete teams that I have seen since the 2012 Miami Heat. Yet the name that always gets thrown out is Curry’s, granted he may be having arguably the greatest season of all time, is it fair to his supporting cast that he gets the glory? Draymond Green is one of the most versatile players in the game, can guard almost every position and is the heart of that team. Klay Thompson is one of the purest shooters in the league and can score at will if need be. But all the attention falls to Steph, and when they lose (even though this season the term losing is rare to them), Curry is rarely the focal point of blame.

 

The same goes for LeBron dating back to his days with the Heat, after being dismantled by the Spurs in 2014 and returning to Cleveland, the favorite line was “LeBron did it himself” in response to his tenure in Miami. How soon we forgot the King’s disappointing performance that costed Dwyane Wade his second finals MVP, or the notion that he had no help and how it takes the credit away from Chris Bosh and his huge offensive rebound and assist to Ray Allen which lead to the most clutch shot in league history. Saying LeBron did it himself diminishes everything that supporting cast did.  

 

 

Without this huge rebound and big shot the Heat (not just LeBron) would have lost the NBA finals, without Iggy’s stellar play Curry would not have a ring. Win, lose or draw the blame should be equal. It takes a team to win a championship, no matter how great a player is he is nothing without a supporting cast.

 

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About Kirshner Saintil

Editor and Contributor for NBALead. FAMU Alumnus, Sports enthusiast, avid Miami sports fan. Follow me on twitter @Kirsh_TLFO.

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