NBA Legend ‘Dr. J’ Julius Erving Accuses Brooklyn Nets of ‘Buying a Championship’ Like Lakers

Published 04/14/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Apr 10, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts as he leaves the game against the Los Angeles Lakers after being ejected during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets are the NBA’s super-team right now. What started in 2008 with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen teaming up with Paul Pierce in Brooklyn has transformed into something completely spectacular. Since the Celtics started the first big super-team, the NBA has seen several juggernauts, whether it be the Miami Heat in 2011, the Warriors in 2016, and now the Nets in 2021.

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Dr. J on Brooklyn Nets forming a super team

Former NBA champion and Brooklyn Nets legend Julius Erving spoke to NBC Sports recently. He was asked about the Brooklyn Nets‘ new team. Erving wasn’t a fan of their approach, accusing the Nets of ‘buying a championship’. He compared the Nets to the Yankees and the Lakers. Furthermore, he believes that having that many All-NBA stars will make the Nets formidable going into the playoffs.

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Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

“It’s reminiscent of how the Yankees used to do it all the time. They load up – they call it ‘buying a championship.’ The Lakers are known for doing that too. They’re getting all these pieces…they don’t know at the end of the season what it’s going to look like or what it’s going to feel like, but they’re going to be formidable. You’ve got a team with six former All-Stars, and three (All-NBA) guys who have been there and succeeded in the playoffs.”

Nets are just the latest super team in the NBA

Over the last two decades, the NBA has seen a player-empowerment movement. The contract structures and free-agency rules give more power to the players about where they want to play. The NBA has tried to maintain parity among teams with the salary cap and the draft structure, but super-teams are still possible, as the Nets showed this season. Fans are not happy about super-teams being formed.

The Brooklyn Nets are just the latest in a list of franchises that have assembled super-teams in the NBA. The Celtics did the same in 2008, with KG, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and a young Rajon Rondo. Then it was the Miami Heat with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

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Then came the 2016 Warriors with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant. And now, after two years without one, the NBA finally has a super-team again in Brooklyn.

February 18, 2014: Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade #3, Miami Heat small forward LeBron James #6 and Miami Heat center Chris Bosh #1 observe the National Anthem before an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Miami defeated Dallas 117-106 (Photo by Albert Pena/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Can the Brooklyn Nets win the NBA championship? They currently have the best odds among all the teams in the NBA. However, they will have immense competition in the Philadelphia 76ers in the East. And if they reach the Finals, they could have to contend with the Lakers, Clippers, or Jazz.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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