NBA’s Big 3’s may not be so big after all

Ivan Zigarevich, Staff Writer

Recently in the NBA superstars have been seeking teams in big cities where they can form an alliance with other superstars in the league. The most cataclysmic of these happenings occurred this summer when both LeBron James and Chris Bosh went on the market and both decided to take their talents to Miami. This created a change in the way NBA superstars think. Instead of staying with their hometown team and trying to represent them with respect, they instead to decide to move to big cities that pay big money for lot of stars.

The New York Knicks have been trying to do so for a couple seasons and finally they got their wish when they were able to obtain Amare Stoudemire this past summer. Also this past month they took part in a trade with the Denver Nuggets in which they obtained both Carmelo Anthony, who was their intended target, and Chauncey Billups, who is one of the top point guards in the league. After all these trades Miami had their big three, which are Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James. The Knicks’ big three consists of Amare Stoudemire, Chauncey Billups, and Carmelo Anthony.

Both “Big Three” teams have not lived up to the expectations so far. This due to the fact that the transfers happened way too quickly and the teams were unable to fill the rest of the roster space with other solid role players. The Heat and the Knicks have performed completely different from the other older “Big Three” teams. For example, the Boston Celtics, who consist of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen,  have brought home a championship and currently this year are performing at that same level. Also many of the critics and fans seem to forget to notice the Lakers, who decided to not have just three, but actually a full roster of players that play at a superstar level. Also another factor some of these new superstar teams don’t have is coaching. The Heat’s coach is young and is not respected by most of the players because of this, as opposed to teams like Chicago, who when they could not obtain any superstars but still had a solid roster decided to invest in coaching. The Bulls recently beat the Heat in a close battle in Miami. Also the Heat has been unable to beat the Boston Celtics in any of their three meetings this year. These teams have led younger upcoming superstars to think with the mentality that they must be on a “Fantasy” type of team.

Players like Michael Jordan and Charles Barkly have publicly displayed that they don’t agree because it does not make the league as competitive as possible. Many agree that they would rather have that hometown hero then to have a team of superstars who play thousands of miles away represent your taste as a fan. There is hope the when observing players like Kevin Durant, who chose to sign a long term contract with his team the Oklahoma Thunder. This shows loyalty to all the fans that supported him when he was developing as a player, and showing respect to the team who gave him his first NBA contract. Durant’s loyalty has proven to favor him because he is currently the NBA’s leader in points and also has been able to get a couple more powerful players around him to take some of the load off. In conclusion, these players need to realize that they are professional athletes and that when you become a professional athlete nowadays you not only play for yourself, but also you play for the fans that fill the seats and the city that supports you. Young players need to start realizing this not only for the benefit of the fans and themselves, but also to create a league that has thirty competitive teams and not five.