C.J. McCollum: Star players joining Warriors ‘disgusting’
Portland Trail Blazers star C.J. McCollum recently articulated how he feels about players joining super-teams, specifically what has occurred with the Golden State Warriors. Put plainly, McCollum finds it “disgusting.”
McCollum, in China to promote his sneakers, appeared on television during which his disdain for the NBA’s super-team craze in was made quite clear.
CJ McCollum went on @CCTV and said that star players joining the Warriors is ‘disgusting’ and ‘I would never do that’
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“I would never do anything of that nature, I think that’s disgusting… I was not built like those guys, I was raised differently,” McCollum said. “… I think some players will take that route, but most guys have too much pride, they want to do well or certain organizations that are not going to jump the bandwagon.”
The super-team trend in the NBA obviously is nothing new. However, each iteration tends to elicit more and more derision. The LeBron James-led Miami Heat and what’s going on with the already-loaded Warriors — bringing in Kevin Durant a few seasons back and DeMarcus Cousins this past offseason — of course are the principal examples.
Then there was the Oklahoma City Thunder bringing in Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to play alongside Russell Westbrook. Anthony now is on his second so-called super-team by joining forces with James Harden and Chis Paul with the Houston Rockets.
That said, every NBA team that boasts a superstar — or even better, two of them — would be negligent not to attempt luring a top-tier talent to create their own version of “The Big Three.”
What makes McCollum’s harsh take on the situation even more compelling is how a social media dust-up recently played out between himself and Durant over such matters.
Further, it would be interesting to see how McCollum would feel should the Blazers look to sign a superstar to play alongside himself and Damian Lillard.