OK so I know our fearless leader informed us all the other day that you can’t superstar your way to greatness. I want to believe him. I really do. The bottom line, however, is the Celtics have already proven that you can, in fact, superstar your way there. Unfortunately for us Celtics fans, the three superstars that just signed with Miami are even better players than the Celtics Big 3 of 2008. Let’s face it, LeBron and D-Wade are the second and third best players in the league (doesn’t really matter what order you out them in). And Bosh is dramatically underrated, cuz he played in Toronto. Dude averaged 24 and 11 last year! Let’s just be conservative and say he is the 15th best player in the league. That means they have the 2nd, 3rd, and 15th best players in the league. The C’s Big 3 in 2008 had roughly, in my humble opinion, the 5th, 12th, and 20th best players in the league. The C’s were far-and-away the best team in the league in 2008. Miami’s gonna dominate.
I remember driving in my car listening to sports talk radio shortly after the Garnett was traded to the Celtics. Bob Ryan was on the air saying something to the effect of, “The Celtics Big 3 will be great, but they will have the worst 4-12 in the history of the NBA.” Coaching legend Chuck Daly (R.I.P. ) said some crap about Detroit and Cleveland still being the teams-to-beat. There were a bunch of doubters. Just like there are doubters now. Take this clown, for instance. The reality, however, is the new Heat Big 3 will make the players around them (i.e. Mario Chalmers) MUCH better (Rajon Rondo circa 2008 anyone?), and we have already seen that veteran free agents (i.e. Mike Miller, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Udonis Haslem) are jumping at the opportunity to play for the Heat (i.e. James Posey). That said, it doesn’t really even freaking matter who the players are around the Heat Big 3. It’s the NBA, where star players win. Period. The only title team in recent history that didn’t have a true star, or star(s), was the Pistons. And they beat a Lakers squad that could resemble the Heat five years from now; terrible chemistry, but plenty of hardware.
Now, I could be wrong. After all, I thought after watching the 2004 Olympics that Lamar Odom was going to become an NBA superstar. That reminds me – the best Heat-hating new nickname for the new Big 3 is “the 2004 Bronze medal team”- but I digress. Let’s look on the bright side folks, it’s not going to be all that bad. By the time the Heat stop winning titles, Kobe will be toast, the Celtics will still have more titles than the Lakers, Rondo will still be in his prime, and Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard will be looking for a point guard win a title with. The greatest franchise in professional sports will be back.