During a recent interview, Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum ripped the idea of joining a team like the Golden State Warriors, calling the notion disgusting and that he was raised better than to jump on a bandwagon the way some other NBA players have done.
McCollum is a shooting guard for the Trail Blazers, but perhaps now he'll be more known as a player who doesn't like NBA superteams. He says he finds the "superteam" trend disgusting and that he'd never leave a team just to join an expected winner.
McCollum recently appeared on CCTV in China and was highly critical of superstars joining forces in free agency. "I would never do anything of that nature. I think that is disgusting." He added, "I'm not built like those guys, I was raised differently."
When asked if he thinks this is the way the NBA is going, he responded, "I think some guys are going to take that route but most guys have too much pride, want to really win on their own or in their certain organizations and aren't gonna just jump the bandwagon."
While McCollum didn't mention anyone by name, players like Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins will immediately come to mind for fans who saw this interview. Both Durant and Cousins joined the Warriors after the team was already favorites to win an NBA Championship, both taking discounts to play for the team.
Specifically, McCollum and Durant have heat going back a while. Durant appeared on McCollum's podcast and the Trail Blazer told Durant he thought it was upsetting that All-Star center Cousins would join the Warriors. Durant simply responded with, "You know you're not going to win a championship." McCollum then wrote on Twitter that while he respected Durant's decision to do what he wanted, he considered it soft that Durant would turn his back on his Thunder teammates to join the Warriors.
Clearly, McCollum and Durant don't see eye to eye on this issue. Unfortunately for McCollum, his Trail Blazers team and the Warriors are heading in two different directions this season. There may not be many instances where they get to settle this debate on the court.