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So as feared (and expected) Chris Paul and Dwight Howard plan on demanding trades to teams they want to go to. Chris Paul's agent has just requested a trade to the Knicks and expect a trade involving Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum to eventually occur. Stars all want to form "super teams." One already is in Miami. Next  'Melo, Amar'e, and Chris Paul started to plan their own super team in New York last Summer. There two-thirds of the way there. And Dwight Howard doesn't want to be left alone in Orlando battling two teams with 6 of the NBA's top 15 players. He wants to join two more top 15 guys in L.A. and have his own threesome with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.

Nice job NBA fixing this whole super team mess. You locked out the NBA for 5 months and all we're hearing now is how the big market teams will get richer. You're going to have a 3 team league. Maybe Dallas can trade for Deron Williams and Kevin Durant and it can be a 4 team league.

I understand stars not wanting to be stuck in lousy situations, but forcing your way onto super teams sucks for NBA fans outside of Miami, L.A. and New York. It almost makes you long for the days when guys left teams with a few all-stars because they wanted the limelight. Now everyone wants to be the Beatles. The NBA could have put a stop to this in the new CBA, but they didn't. So now we have Carmelo 2.0 starting with Chris Paul. The next shoe to drop will be when Dwight Howard announces he will only sign an extension with the Lakers.


This reminds me of pick-up basketball, when instead of manning up and winning the court, several of the best players form a super team and just stay on the court game after game. They might think they're the ultimate winners, but the best shouldn't need such a crutch.

JR 12/01/2011 04:13:00 PM Edit
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19 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    What about Boston they're a great team so it would be a 4 team league...

  2. Anonymous says:

    You guys do realize that Boston was the first team to do this...

  3. Reean says:

    If the NBA has a 4-6 team league I hope Bulls and Thunder win for the next 10 years....

  4. Reean says:

    what the hell the LAL will just have Dwight, Kobes days are numbered..

  5. The answer to your question is yes.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Uhh maybe you guys missed the NBA Finals, but these teams aren't unbeatable!

  7. Tim says:

    To be fair, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and KG didn't all conspire with one another to create a super team, and I don't remember Ray or KG saying anything like, "We won't sign an extension if it's not the Celtics".

  8. Anonymous says:

    Yeah unfortunately Boston was the one to start all this but of course they did it with guys near the end of their respective careers. Kinda makes me long for the days of selfishness of Kobe and Shaq and the squabbling that led to them being separated. We need more assholes that want to be the entire show in the NBA again.

    -DL

  9. Anonymous says:

    The comparison to the Celtics isn't fair, first because there was no conspiracy by the players to all get together, it was a GM doing his job extremely well. Second, the big three of the celtics are not in their primes and weren't even when they were formed, they were title hungry vets who were surrounded by great role players and won that first title.

  10. Jay says:

    This is completely different than Celtics, they were all players getting older that came together by trades..These guys have been planning this stuff, last year with the ridculous Heat situation, now everyone is following it & it is terrible for the league.

  11. shelbyl says:

    Well, NBA always had dominating teams. In the 90s it was Bulls (and some Rockets and Jazz) In the 2000s it was Lakers and Spurs (and some Nets and Pistons) In the 80s it was Lakers and Celtics (and some 76ers and Pistons)

    What I'm saying is, complaining that NBA is going to be dominated by 3 to 4 teams is sort of stating the obvious. That's more or less the nature of basketball. It's a game played with 5 people, and you need about 2 stars to be successful unlike soccer or football where surprises can happen no matter how many superstars you have because you can never have enough.

    Celtics are going to be a mediocre team after Big 3 era for about 5 years. And then it's going to be our time again when a new generation of players will arise and we are going to attract them because we are the team with the most number of championships (yet to be honest, warmer weather would help our cause)

    I know that the way these "superstars" unite is frustrating, yet with the abundance of "star players" today, this is the way it has to be. Back in the day, there weren't as many stars pumped up by the media, and the coming together of the best players wouldn't be this sensational.

    This is an unnecessarily long comment, and I hope that I made myself clear.

  12. JR says:

    You make good points Shelby, but most of those teams drafted those players. Malone and Stockton on the Jazz, Jordan, Pippen, and Grant on the Bulls. Hakeem on the Rockets. Duncan, Robinson, Elliot on the Spurs. The only star I remember (teaming up with another star to win a title) switching teams was Drexler, but that was at the very end of his career. It's not like Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and David Robinson all said let's force our teams to trade us to the Knicks or Lakers and form a super team.

  13. Anonymous says:

    What Heat and KNicks are doing is way more insane then anything the C's have ever done... Ray, KG, and Pierce came together but towards the end of their careers... Knicks and Heats formed big 3's in the beginning of everyone's prime years... Way different!!!

  14. Well screw them. We'll rebut them by getting Scal back and bringing in Chase Budinger, Matt Bonner and Blake Griffin to form the greatest team ever.

    Pg - Delonte West
    Sg - Chase Budinger
    Sf - Brian Scalabrine
    Pf - Blake Griffin
    C - Matt Bonner

  15. Anonymous says:

    So we're fucked.
    There's no way we can play Knicks (CP3, Amare, and Melo), then
    Chicago (Rose and Thibideau) then
    Miami (Wade, James)

    WE ARE FUCKED IF WE DON'T GET CHANDLER OR NENE AND JAMAL CRAWFORD
    WE ARE FUCKED, MARK MY WORDS

  16. shelbyl says:

    @JR

    I absolutely understand the frustration, and I share most of it. The way thee "superstars" are acting is against the notion of being a superstar. The constant need for media hype is not helping as well. Yet I'm trying to draw the line between them uniting and NBA becoming a league dominated by 3 teams, the latter being the case all the time.

    All teams are equal, but some are more equal than others. NBA needs to at least adopt an NFL-like profit sharing structure or decrease the number of teams in order to get rid of this phenomenon. There are way too many teams, and some are bound to fail by birth, so this "hello fellow stars, let's play together" thing has to happen eventually.

    PS: Speaking of superstarifications, I will always remember Payton and Malone go to the Lakers to get a ring and then lose to Pistons with a smirk on my face even though I have the utmost respect for both guys.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I remember a Lakers team that featured Gary Payton, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Shaquille O'neal that didn't win a title.

  18. Anonymous says:

    kobe sucks..!!!!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    i remember a Miami with lebron, wade, and bosh that didnt win a title.. o yeah.. it was last season

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