The world has witnessed what happens when three star players get together and decide to bully the competition. Many articles have been written and many opinions have been expressed, but the events that led up to today will lead to a new direction in NBA.
There will be an end of competition as we know it. No longer will NBA teams be built the way we know it. There will be no more Batman and Robin. There will be no more Superman and the rest of the gang. This will be dawn of the Three Musketeer era (or Four Amigos, if the CBA increases the salary cap).
LeBron James and Chris Bosh left their teams to join Dwyane Wade. The Heat talked about creating a legacy and winning multiple championships. That idea was questioned because of the amount of money left on the salary cap to hire the other players to make up a team. It was expected that this Heat team would learn the hard way that three don't make a team; however, going by the events that have shaped up, it seems that a Big Three can make a big team.
What's worse is the knowledge that if the Big Three and their quickly assembled team can do so well against a proper team, then how good will they be when the rest of the team gets properly integrated with Spoelstra's (or Riley's) ideology?
Hot on the heels of the Miami Heat are the New York Knicks, who have a big two of their own in Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. Also, they have enough money for a big-name player with Chris Paul being touted as the third piece of the puzzle. Once that move happens, then it will only be a question of time before we find out if they have what it takes to beat the Miami Heat.
But what does that mean for all the other superstars who have no Robin?
For great players like Dirk Nowitzki, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard and their franchises, it will come as a realization that their team will not have what it takes to beat the Big Three unless their supporting casts step up in a big, big way.
Boston's own Big Three will testify that if the top players are willing to take a minor salary bump, then their chances of winning the championship will increase, with the rest of the money being spent to upgrade the cast. And with the amount of marketing and advertisements going on in today's day and age, they can easily make up for the lost money through other means.
So when money is not an objective, what will the superstar players aim for? Winning, duh (sorry for the Charlie Sheen reference)! They will realize that they too need to join forces with other big names in order to win the ring.
And what does this mean for most teams? A sure-shot change in the way they approach how to construct their teams.
If the team is in the Miami/New York/Los Angeles calibre, they will most probably try to attract other superstars to their team and try to free up as much salary cap as possible. They will be willing to sacrifice draft picks and decent players in an effort to keep their team successful and appease their star player and fans. Therefore, we will see more super teams being formed.
If the team is in the Cleveland/Indiana/Orlando calibre, where the place has no glitz or marketability or the team has locked its ability to attract potential superstars by handing out big contracts to players who don't deserve it, they will be put in a difficult position.
Those teams will see their star players more inclined to leave their team and join a team where they feel they get a better chance for winning the championship. Those teams will get an abundance of top draft picks and or mediocre players via free agency or trade. Those teams will also have to face the possibility of having their top draft pick grow into a superstar and want to leave them unless the team is able to turn things around.
If those teams are not profitable, then perhaps there is a remote possibility of the NBA contracting and those teams disappearing or changing to a more profitable location.
In simple words, there will be a lot more super teams and super-bad teams. The competition will be more skewed, and while there will often be a genuine "team" that will have a wonderful playoff run, it will be an exception and not a norm.
The seeds are already sown for things to go in the aforementioned direction, and it is only a matter of time before the NBA changes. But will those changes be for better or for worse?