No matter what Chris Broussard, Michael Wilbon, and David Aldridge have been saying for the past 24 hours, I am still stunned to see LBJ take his game to South Beach and join forces with Chris Bosh
and Dwyane Wade.
This makes the “Big Three” in Boston
now the “Used-to-Be-Three.”
It puts a whole new perspective on the all-time great trios of sports history.
Obviously, three stars combined help win championships. I’s no surprise that James, Wade, and Bosh are the only trio in our top 10 that do not have a championship. That bodes well for King James and his hunt for a title and pursuit for greatness.
Here’s how King James, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh stack up against the best threesomes in sports history.
10. Tommy Frazier, Ahman Green, & Lawrence Phillips
In 1995, this trio of backs helped lead Tom Osbourne and Nebraska to another National Championship with a 62-24 victory over Florida in the Fiesta Bowl. The two stud halfbacks and quarterback Tommy Frazier set an all-time NCAA bowl record with 524 yards rushing against the number two ranked Gators. The three finished the season combining for over 2,000 yards and all averaged over six yards per carry.
9. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, & Manu Ginobili
Many of you are probably wondering why the Boston-Three-Party is not in this position. Perhaps even Knick greats of the 70′s such as Bill Bradley, Walt Frazier, and Willis Reed. The answer’s simple: these guys won three titles together in San Antonio
. They might not have had the flash that those New York
and Boston teams had, but they put together a dynasty that made San Antonio the team of the 2000′s. 8. Bobby Hurley, Christian Latener, & Grant Hill
These three stars shocked the country and another trio of stars when they defeated the UNLV Runin’ Rebels in the national semifinal game in 1991. Duke upset what many thought to be the best college basketball team ever comprised of three top 12 picks in Stacey Augmon, Greg Anthony, and Naismith Player of the Year, Larry Johnson. The trio would go on to win back-to-back national titles thanks to Hill to Latener and “The Shot” versus Kentucky in the Elite Eight in 1992.
7. LeBron James, Chris Bosh, & Dwyane Wade
A two-time League MVP paired with an NBA Finals MVP paired with a legitimate 24-10 big man. Expect this trio to be much higher on this list five years from now.
6. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, & John Smoltz
Maddux, Smoltz, and Glavine have combined for 26 All-Star appearances and seven Cy Young awards. The three aces came together for a World Series title in 1995 in Atlanta
’s six game victory over the Cleveland Indians. The lone championship is the reason the three Braves did not crack the top five. 5. James Worthy, Magic Johnson, & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The second of two Kareem dynasties began with the selection of point guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson in the 1979 NBA Draft. The two legends would team up with James Worthy in 1982 to win the Finals two more times for a total of five in the 1980′s. The three Lakers
have combined for 38 All-Star appearances throughout their extraordinary careers.
4. Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, & Larry Bird
One year after acquiring Larry Bird out of Indiana State, the Celtics rebuilt their famed organization in the 1980 NBA Draft. The Celtics traded their number one overall pick to Golden State for Robert Parish and the number three overall pick, which would ending up being Kevin McHale. These three would battle Worthy, Magic, and Kareem throughout the 80′s and also pick up three titles.
3. Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, & Emmitt Smith
The NFL’s all-time leading rusher can thank his passing game for opening things up throughout his illustrious career. Troy Aikman had a career completion percentage of 62 percent, including 64 percent in the postseason with a record of 11-5. The “Triplets” combined for four straight NFC championship games and three Lombardi trophies during the 1990′s. Aikman and Smith are both Super Bowl MVP’s and all three players are Hall of Famers.
2. Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, & Roger Craig
If the “Triplets” and their three championships of the 90′s are at number three, then you know Montana, Craig, Rice, and their four Lombardi trophies have to be at number one or two. Although Rice and Craig have just three, Montana’s first Super Bowl victory puts the 49ers over the Cowboys in the two spot. Why shouldn’t they be? The greatest quarterback/wide receiver tandem of all-time, paired with four-time All-Pro Roger Craig, became arguably the greatest dynasty of all-time with the Steelers of the 70′s and the Cowboys of the 80′s.
1. Lou Gehrig, Earle Combes, & Babe Ruth
These three sluggers dominated the MLB throughout the 1920′s with the New York Yankees. They put up numbers that squashed their competitors throughout the league. The 1927 Yankees, who many argue is the greatest baseball team ever, went 110-44 being led by a combined 107 homers between Gherig and Ruth. Gherig, Ruth, and Combes finished 1-2-3 in runs scored in the MLB for “Murderer’s Row” on their way to the first of three World Series titles together. While Gherig and Ruth get much of the attention, Combes hit .356 during that special 1927 season and was a lifetime .325 hitter. Combes was inducted into the MLB Hall-of-Fame in 1970