Add CJ McCollum to the list of NBA players speaking out against ring-chasing.
The Portland Trail Blazers guard shared his strong opinion on China Central TV Wednesday about the modern trend of superteams forming in the NBA.
McCollum, while discussing the Golden State Warriors and their ability to lure top free agents to an already stacked roster, called the trend “disgusting” and that he has “too much pride” to ever consider leaving the Blazers for a serious contender.
McCollum’s reaction to the line of questioning is truly authentic, and he doesn’t mince words while discussing the topic. Here’s a clip of the interview:
“I’m not built like those guys. I was raised differently… I think some players will take that route. But most guys have too much pride, want to really win on their own, or in their certain organizations, that aren’t going to just jump the bandwagon,” McCollum said.
LeBron James reincarnated the idea of superteams in 2010, when he decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. The formation of the big three resulted in two NBA titles over a four-year span, laying the blueprint for other NBA teams to test the formula.
The Warriors, who previously enticed Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder and this offseason lured DeMarcus Cousins from the New Orleans Pelicans to sign in free agency, are the most recent example of how the formation of superteams correlates to multiple championships.
To a lesser extent, the Houston Rockets and Thunder also followed the formula by adding Paul George and Chris Paul to already powerful rosters.
McCollum, who forms one of the best backcourt duos in the league with Damian Lillard in Portland, has been victimized by the Warriors twice in the past three seasons. The stacked Warriors destroyed them twice in the playoffs, sweeping the Blazers in four straight games in the opening round of the 2016-17 postseason, and dispatching them in five games the season prior in the conference semifinals.
In 2016, McCollum had the opportunity to test free agency, but elected to sign a four-year contract extension with the Blazers. He’s now under contract through the 2020-21 season, proving his dedication to pursuing a championship in Portland.
The Trail Blazers and Warriors will play each other four times this season, the first being a Nov. 23 matchup in Oakland.
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