Several years ago, there were a lot of teams with budding superstars. Kevin Garnett was in Minnesota, Ray Allen was in Seattle, and Dwayne Wade and Lebron James were on separate teams.
And then it happened. The Boston Celtics completely redefined the economic rules of the NBA. They realized they could get three outstanding players. Their original target was Ray Allen and so they traded for him and Glen Davis. And then it all came crashing down on the league.
Kevin Garnett saw what happened in Boston and realized if he could go there, they would be legitimate contenders. Since Minnesota did not look like they would compete, they seriously considered trading Garnett. So he told the Minnesota Timberwolves that he liked what was going on there and if they wanted to deal him there he would be fine with it. So they dealt Garnett for five players and two first round picks.
This created the amazing big three for Boston, thus helping them win their first championship in a long time. Kobe Bryant saw this and was probably wondering why the Lakers were not being upgraded.
So the Lakers went out and robbed Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies. This allowed them to compete for the championship, though they lost to the Boston Celtics.
The key to the Gasol trade was that Memphis is a small market. As such, they cannot take on as much salary as a team like the Lakers. Gasol would have naturally left since they weren't winning, and Memphis tried to get something in return.
Thus the damage was done. Teams realized what a joke the salary cap was, as they could build their own dynasties through free agency and rob poor teams blind. This allowed the fiasco of this year.
Don't get me started on Lebron getting his own one hour interview to select a team. It was a mockery of the NBA as he insulted the Cleveland faithful. You don't turn your back on your team on national television, you have to be honest and tell them beforehand.
By selecting Miami, Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh colluded to build a dynasty. That's just cheap, but what is the point of the salary cap if dynasties like these can be built through free agency? It's a sham I tell you!
To make things worse, there are now rumours that Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and Amare Stoudemire are colluding to get together in New York. This will be another team in the east that will do really well in the regular season once they get this done.
This is just terrifying; to see all the talents on about five teams is just like having five pro teams and 25 minor league teams. They need to get a hard cap, something that will actually stop large market teams from getting all the advantage.
The sad thing is I like the exception that helps you keep your own players, especially the superstars; but I don't like the fact the exceptions can be traded. They really need to do something about it. Also there are all sorts of rules that let them get around the salary cap like the mid-level exception. They need to just play with a proper hard salary cap, or else they may start alienating their fans in all but five cities.
So to recap, yes I do think the "Big Threes" in basketball are ruining the sport. They need to get back to basics and create more parity in basketball.
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