Lessons Learned About Superstar Teams in the NBA This Year

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Lessons Learned About Superstar Teams in the NBA This Year
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The Los Angeles Lakers have been one long lesson on superstar teams throughout the 2012-13 NBA season.

A superstar team sounds great on paper. You're pairing two or more players who are used to being the No. 1 options on their respective teams, theoretically making your squad that much harder to defend.

In reality, egos often get in the way. Some players can't concede the alpha-dog role to each other, leading to head-shaking breakdowns on both ends of the court.

The Lakers are the newest superteam in town, but they aren't the only one in the league by any means. The Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks all qualify, too.

Between those seven teams, five main lessons have emerged during the 2012-13 season.  

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