After a Hall of Fame career in the NBA, Charles Barkley has made a name for being one of the more opinionated personalities in sports media. On Wednesday, he appeared on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" and gave his thoughts on superteams in the NBA, which we have seen formed over the last few summers through free agency decisions from LeBron James and, most recently, Kevin Durant.
"I was disappointed," Barkley said of Durant's move to join the Golden State Warriors. "I was disappointed like I was disappointed when LeBron went to Miami. Kevin is a terrific player. He's a good kid. But just disappointed with the fact that he weakened another team and he's gonna kind of gravy train on a terrific Warriors team. Just disappointed from a competitive standpoint. Because just like it meant more to LeBron to win one in Cleveland, it would mean more to Kevin to win one in Oklahoma than it would be in Golden State.
"We develop this thing where you keep telling these guys, 'Hey man, if you don't win a championship, you're a bum.' I don't feel like a bum. I'm pretty sure Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone and John Stockton -- we think we're pretty damn good. We could have played with some of those other guys and kind of cheated our way to a championship. But there is this thing that started with this new generation where these guys feel so much pressure. Everybody wants to win.
"I'm a big Chris Paul fan. I'm sure Chris Paul wants to win a championship. And he could, when his contract is up, go join one of these superteams and get a championship. But it won't be the same as leading your team where you're the bus driver instead of the bus rider.
"We're gonna have guys on bad teams making $25 million a year. And we're going to have three or four competitive teams. That's the negative of LeBron going to Miami, KD going to Golden State."
Almost every year of NBA Free Agency features a "Dream Team" forming through decisions that are made by players with power and an eagerness to win. Whether or not the competitiveness of the entire league benefits from superteams being formed is debatable, there is no doubt that the entertainment level of regular season and postseason action will skyrocket.