Banana Boat Team

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The Banana Boat Team, Banana Boat Squad or Banana Boat Crew is a hypothetical pop culture NBA superteam, consisting of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul.

History[edit]

The Banana Boat team first formed after a photo surfaced of James, Wade, Paul, and Wade's wife Gabrielle Union on vacation in 2015. Anthony, while not featured in the picture, was on vacation with them at the time, and is considered the 'fourth member' of the Banana Boat Team. The four NBA superstars have been friends since they were children, and have consistently gone on vacation together.[1] They also played together on the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal team.[2]

In the summer of 2010, James and Wade teamed up on the Miami Heat. They won 2 NBA Titles with the Miami Heat. Chris Bosh was also a member of this team, forming what many referred to as the "Big Three".[3]

In the summer of 2016, Wade posted on Snapchat that ‘The Banana Boys are reunited.' Snapchat gave the group their own "Banana Boys" Snapchat filter.[4]

That same year, James expressed great interest in forming the superteam in Los Angeles with the Lakers.[5][6] Chris Paul also expressed interest in forming the team.[7] LeBron was quoted saying “I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together,"[5] creating many rumors of the possibility of a superteam playing together.

In the 2017 NBA offseason, James and Wade joined forces in Cleveland. Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets, and Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

On July 23, 2018, Anthony agreed to join Paul on the Rockets after signing a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum of $2.4 million.[8] After playing ten games with the Rockets, he was traded to the Chicago Bulls on January 21, 2019, who waived him shortly after.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Banana Boat 2018: How LeBron, CP3, Wade and Melo could ride together".
  2. ^ "LeBron ponders superteam with Melo, CP3, Wade". ESPN.com. 2016-03-24. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  3. ^ "Sources: Heat trio sign for $15 million less each". ESPN.com. 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  4. ^ "The Banana Boat Boys have reunited for the offseason of 2016 - FOX Sports". 28 June 2016.
  5. ^ a b "LeBron James Wants to Play on the Same NBA Team as Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul At Least Once". Complex.
  6. ^ "Brotherhood". thelab.bleacherreport.com.
  7. ^ "Chris Paul on the Idea of Him Playing With LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony: 'Anything's Possible'". Complex.
  8. ^ Stein, Marc (July 23, 2018). "Carmelo Anthony Set to Sign With Rockets". The New York Times. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  9. ^ Shapiro, Michael (February 1, 2019). "Report: Carmelo Anthony Waived by Bulls, Will Enter Free-Agent Market". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 11, 2019.