Isaac Newton’s law of motion states “To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction”
Although this law was intended for use in the world of physics, it can also be applied to today’s NBA.
This summer, the Heat disrupted the natural flow of the NBA universe, and consequently, there is going to be a strong, whipping reaction. NBA superstars aren’t supposed to be on the same team. It is an unwritten rule protected by egos and money.
Typically, no elite player in the prime of their career or in their right mind would sacrifice dollars for W’s. But all that changed when Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh threw a knife into the system.
Their only priority became winning.
Although we can’t crown Miami as NBA champions for the 2010-11 season, it’s safe to say they have the best chance of anyone to bring home the hardware. The same can be said for 2012, and 2013, and so on.
Everyone should have realized by now that the only power in the NBA that can potentially compete with the Miami “Threet” is the Los Angeles Lakers.
Let the ripple effect begin.
We had already heard murmurs of this weeks after Pat Riley locked down the biggest free agency class professional sports had ever seen. Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony were two names that floated out into the wild seas of NBA rumors; both with the potential to join forces in New York along with the newly acquired Amare Stoudemire. That trio would certainly be nice, but it wouldn’t really make Pat Riley sweat.
I raise the Big Apple with the pocket aces of Orlando and Chicago.
Paul recently met with Hornets’ management and things were apparently smoothed over, but what’s going to happen when the team starts losing?
They made no serious moves to surround Paul with the type of talent to compete for a championship, let alone a playoff spot, and he is going to start bitching when the losses pile up. He will want out again and a team like the Orlando Magic will welcome him with the gorging arms of Dwight Howard.
The Magic have a monumental expiring contract in Vince Carter, ($17 million) and young, financially-safe pieces (Jameer Nelson, Mickael Pietrus) to make a deal work. A tandem of Paul and Howard—the league’s best point-guard and center, respectively—will be able to at least pose a challenge to the Heat and Lakers.
Anthony, whose contract expires after next season, is watching his fellow draft class is with disgust.
He wants what they have. It’s a copycat league, and when your boys are winning, you want to win, too.
Imagine if he teamed up with Derrick Rose and Carlos Boozer in Chicago. Who cares if you have to unload Joakim Noah with Luol Deng to make it work. A trio of Rose, Anthony, and Boozer would be devastating, and again, could at least have a prayer of competing with L.A. and Miami.
To recap, that makes four dominant, star-studded teams in the Heat, Lakers, Magic, and Bulls.
Although it centralizes the league’s best talents on a few teams, and creates the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets to the fifth power, it would make for some high quality, entertaining basketball.
As a Heat fan, I would welcome these moves with a smile. Even if any resemblance of these scenarios never happened, I would still thoroughly enjoy beating up on the NBA like a piñata for the next five to ten years.