When LeBron James made the famous announcement that he and Chris Bosh were joining Dwayne Wade in Miami, they earned themselves a fair amount of hatred.
While the hatred was likely hard to play through, it didn't take long for the decision to combine forces to pay off, as the Heat won it all just under a month ago in just the second season with the three stars on the roster.
And now, it seems that the quick return has caught on as more stars are following in their footsteps.
On Jul. 4, the two top free agents in the NHL, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, signed long-term contracts with the Minnesota Wild as they join Dany Heatley and Mikko Koivu in St. Paul.
The same day in the NBA, long-time assist star Steve Nash chose to join Kobe Bryant & Co. in Los Angeles.
Although it's not apparent these stars discussed joining forces ahead of time the way the recent NBA champions did, it is likely that choices were made because of who they'd be joining.
But regardless, it works.
And while it's not the typical method of winning championships, the result is the same.
This new pattern has already paid off in Miami.
For the Minnesota Wild, they have the next 13 years for their investments to pay off as they may win the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.
And we all know that Kobe Bryant doesn't need much help to make the Lakers contenders . . . so bringing in the best passer in the league is looking like a wise move.
So what does this mean for the players and teams of these sports?
This means that weak teams will be at an even greater disadvantage come free agency time. The question will no longer be how much should we offer this player, but who else should we pitch offers to for them to accept?