When Carmelo Anthony celebrated his new marriage on July 11, Chris Paul and Amar'e Stoudemire toasted to the three running the floor together in Madison Square Garden as the next power trio in the NBA.
A month later, all signs are pointing at a divorce between Anthony and the Denver Nuggets through a sign-and-trade before the deadline next season or by 'Melo walking away from the team that drafted him third overall out of Syracuse in 2003.
After Anthony got a glimpse of the power shift LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh executed in the free-agent bonanza this summer, there's no doubt to be an encore with Anthony and Paul likely joining Stoudemire in New York with the Knicks.
If the second power trio in 12 months hooks up in The Big Apple, James and Anthony's rivalry moves to a new level. Here are 10 reasons why either guy will lead his threesome to a title first.