The Precedent Set By The Super Team in Miami
I guess if you wanted to get technical, you could say it all started in Boston back in 2007. With the "Big Three" the Celtics have made it to two of the past three NBA Finals. The Celtics had done something the NBA had never seen before. They brought three superstars to one team in an effort to win a couple championships.
I believe the Miami Heat have done something different than the Celtics for a couple of reasons. Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett were three great players who had been the centerpiece of bad teams for many years. When brought together, they made a team that was ready to win championships.
The Heat are currently preparing themselves for 7+ years of dominance. The Heat took the best players from great or at least solid teams. When the Celtics did it in 07, they got players who they knew could play well together. They got the all around scorer, the shooter, and the big man. The Heat decided it was best just to go ahead and get the three best players available.
Dwayne Wade and LeBron James are two of the top three players in the NBA, while Bosh is probably top 10. Add in Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem, Zydrunas Illgauskas, and Mario Chalmers into the mix along with their 2010 draft picks, and they have what I think is a championship caliber team.
There are many problems with this super team being created, but I would like to focus on the one that scares me the most. My favorite teams now have no chance at a championship for quite a few years.
Between the Celtics, Magic, Lakers, Heat, and potentially a few surprise teams, I don't see any way for small market teams to be able to attract enough talent, or draft enough good players to be able to compete for a championship.
This means it is a good time for teams to start rebuilding. Teams that aren't going to be making the playoffs or aren't going to be competitive have a perfect window of opportunity to start (or continue) their rebuilding strategies. Teams like the Wolves and Cavs as well as others should be trying to reconstruct their rosters for the future at this point.
Then comes another problem. At Carmelo Anthony's wedding on saturday, Chris Paul spoke of another big three being created, this time in New York. The possibility of so called "big threes" being created in the future could be good for the NBA, but it could also be a disaster.
Take a look at this article about big three combinations.
The problem is, everybody is talking about it. The players are thinking about, owners are thinking about it, and David Stern is thinking about it. When I read that article a few days ago, I asked myself if some sports fan on this site thinks that it's important to write about big three combinations would NBA owners start to see that a potential three player combination is the best way to win a championship?
I think the answer is yes. Now that the Celtics have done it successfully, and the Heat are about to do it successfully, owners and GM's will feel pressure to create a big three of their own, or at least a team with multiple All-Stars.
Before the Celtics and the Heat tried this, players would have never thought about this. Players in past generations had always thought there should be a power balance in the NBA. Each team should have only one or maybe two stars and they would compete against each other.
I fear that the Miami Heat have set a precedent for the future of the NBA. If the Heat create a juggernaut, and New York makes one next year, stars are going to start calling up other stars and before we know whats happening we have six or seven elite teams, five or six average teams, and the rest of the teams struggle because of a lack of star power.
Now I'm not suggesting this is an imminent threat to the NBA, but Chris Paul has said he would like to go to New York and create a big three and Carmelo has said he wants to go there as well. In Chicago they have room for another star to create a big three with Boozer and Rose.
If the Eastern Conference has three great teams in Orlando, Miami, and New York a star who wants to win a championship will probably not resign with his current team, but sign somewhere else to play with other great players.
Let's say for example, Andre Iguodala's contract expired next year, (it doesn't) and the Magic had cleared cap room for him to come play with Rashard Lewis, Jameer Nelson, and Dwight Howard for a chance at the title. Does he stay in Philly during the rebuilding effort, or does he sign a deal with Orlando to try to compete? It's a tough decision that many players are going to have to make over the next few years.
LeBron James has opened up pandora's box. Now that he has done it, who else will follow suit? Maybe no one will, but then again the temptation of a title might be too much to resist for some players.
Even three or four of these so called super teams could be disastrous for the NBA. People are excited about Miami right now, but how excited will they be about New York or Chicago or Orlando if they decided to do the same thing in the coming years?
If this were to happen it would likely be in all the big markets. Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Chicago, Boston, and Orlando with maybe a wild card like OKC in there. This would ruin the NBA. Teams with less than desirable locations would be out of luck and would have to fight just to make it past the first round of the playoffs.
I'm not going to lie I am excited to see the Heat. I live in Minnesota and you know I'm going to get my hands on some Heat vs. Wolves tickets, but if this gets out of control it will be difficult for the NBA to try to reign it in.
This idea may seem crazy, and you may not agree with me at all. I'm not even going to tell you that this is likely to happen. The probability of this happening is probably less than half, but LeBron did this to win championships. I am certain every player in the NBA wants to win a championship as well. If this is the only way they can do it then so be it.
Next summer will be a big indicator of whether or not this idea could actually happen. If CP3 and Carmelo end up in New York in 2011 watch out. Enjoy it now, but the next decade could quickly become a bloodbath.
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