LeBron James Doesn't Think Cavaliers, Heat Were Superteams

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Like Kevin Durant, LeBron James needed a change of scenery and some new teammates before he was crowned an NBA champion. 

However, James told reporters Monday night after his Cleveland Cavaliers' 129-100 Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors, that he doesn't believe he's been part of a superteam dating back to his days with the Miami Heat

"I don't believe I played for a superteam," he said, according to NBC Sports' Kurt Helin. "I don't believe in that.  

James may never have played on a team with the depth of the Warriors—who boast Durant, two-time MVP Stephen Curry, sharpshooter Klay Thompson, Swiss army knife Draymond Green and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala—but it's fair to question his assessment based on the composition of rosters he's played on. 

The 2011-12 banner-raising Heat first come to mind since they boasted James alongside decorated All-Stars Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. However, the 2012-13 Heat who defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals were arguably more lethal since they added Ray Allen to flank the Big Three. 

This year's Cavaliers weren't quite as impressive on paper, but a team led by James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love put on some of the most blistering offensive displays the league has ever seen. 

Superteam interpretations aside, James sounds like someone who knows he has to assess the Cavaliers' roster in order to knock the Warriors off their pedestal and prevent a run of dynastic proportions. 

"I need to sit down and figure this thing out," James said, according to ESPN's Rachel Nichols

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