Melo this and Melo that, glad to see him going east. I was reading an article that eluded that Melo is unsure of a trade to the Nets and prefers the Bulls because Rose, Boozer and himself would be a better team than the Nets. While i get this train of thought in some ways i was left wondering......Where did the competitive drive in elite NBA players go? Like Jordan said when he addressed the Lebron thing, he never wanted to join Magic or Bird he wanted to beat them. Also the fact he wasn't interested in coming here(thank god by the way) tells me something more, it says to me he wants a high profile city to live in before he thinks about a talented team. Portland is more talented than New York and New Jersey combined and in my opinion better talent overall than Chi-town. If i was Melo i would live in a high profile city once i retired......with 8 rings because i signed with a talented team.
Also! Where did player loyalty go? I know players have not been loyal for a long time, decades. But at one point.....60's,70's, 80's, even into the 90's to some degree....you had players playing there whole career, or at least the majority of it with one team. Karl Malone never whined about Salt lake City, Clyde Drexler never griped about Portland, David Robinson S.A., Dominique Wilkins ATL, just some examples of relatively small markets and long tenured players. It used to be rare to have a player change teams in the middle of thier Prime, now? Heck thats when players do change teams. They are established and valued players so what the heck may as well screw over the team who invested so much time and energy into you.
I truely hope that a TEAM not a collection of three elite players and bunch of other guys prove to be what wins titles because im not sure i like the direction the NBA is headed if not. Currently, good teams include: San antonio and Boston allthough they are both long in the tooth, The Magic, L*kers, Portland, and maybe Dallas. I know titles have allways been founded on three elite players and "other" guys, but to me atleast this is different. San antonio for example......Parker, Manu and Duncan......when those guys were winning titles that was as good a big three as there was, they were a team though because they played as one.
I am not sure how Bosh, Lebron, and Wade are going to gel but those ego's in one room has quite the opportunity for disaster.....i could be wrong but the chance is still there. The idea of a New York Amare, Melo, CP3 seems similar to me personally. Now i would say that in my mind if say a big three of Melo, Lopez, and CP3 happened in N.J. i think Lopez and CP3 have a low enough ego that they would be much less likely to implode than the examples i gave above, for the record. I thought i would ask what you all think of this, i may be being reactionary but i tossed this around in my head for quite a while and still feel this way so......let me know what you all think.