Ever since Kevin Durant joined Golden State, the Warriors have been dubbed a "super team," which is woefully reckless. For all the talk about how great the 2016-17 Warriors will be -- and yes, they will be great -- the idea that adding Durant to a 73-win team guarantees them a title simply isn't true. There have been plenty of times in league history where super teams have been formed and titles have been handed out in the preseason, only to see them come up short when the games were actually played. Here are five of them.
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2003-04 Los Angeles Lakers
L.A. was one year removed from their famed "three-peat" from 2000-02 and added future Hall of Famers Karl Malone and Gary Payton to a roster that already included two of the biggest stars in the game, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. Things didn't go to plan, with Shaq pushing for a contract extension and Kobe standing trial in a sexual assault case in Colorado. The Lakers won 56 games and advanced to the NBA Finals, though. But they could close the deal, losing to the Pistons in five games and eventually bringing the "Shaq-Kobe" era to a close as we knew it. O'Neal and Payton were dealt that offseason. Malone retired a short time later, and it would be five more years before Bryant again won a title in the purple and gold.
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2010-11 Miami Heat
When LeBron James and Chris Bosh arrived in Miami to join Dwyane Wade, it was LeBron who guaranteed "not one, not two, not three"... NBA titles. And while the Heat would eventually get two with the "Big Three", neither came in that first year together. Instead, things got off to a slow start in Miami, where the Heat went just 9-8 to start the season off, before eventually ending up with the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. But even after defeating the Chicago Bulls to advance to the NBA Finals, Miami couldn't close the deal, losing to the Dallas Mavericks in six games.
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1994-95 Phoenix Suns
With 62 wins (and an NBA Finals appearance) in 1993 and a 56 wins in 1994, the Suns appeared to be right on the cusp of winning an NBA title. They added All-Star Danny Manning in the offseason to a core that included fellow All-Stars Charles Barkley and Kevin Johnson and one of the NBA's top 3-point shooters in Dan Majerle. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be. Johnson suffered an injury to start the season, and Manning was limited to just 49 games with his own health problems. Phoenix still went on to win the Pacific Division, but for the second year in a row lost in the Western Conference semifinals to the Houston Rockets. After another disappointing season in 1995-96 the Suns officially moved on, trading Barkley to Houston.
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1996-97 Houston Rockets
That's right, after falling short four years in a row in Phoenix, Barkley was shipped to Houston, where the Rockets hoped that teaming him with fellow veterans Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler would result in the team's third title in four years (Houston won in 1994 and 95, before getting swept by the Seattle Supersonics in 1996). And unlike the other teams on this list, it appeared as though the pairing worked, after the Rockets jumped out to a 21-2 record to start the season. From there however, Houston cooled off, finishing third in the West, before losing to the Utah Jazz in six games. Drexler retired a year later, and Barkley never did get his ring.
2015-16 Golden State Warriors
Now, were this past season's Warriors technically considered a "super team?" Who knows. But they won 73 regular season games, so they were clearly pretty damn good. They however, like the rest of the other teams on this list didn't ultimately end up winning a title. Will they get one with Durant in the fold? Only time will tell, but if history is any indication a championship is no certainty.