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August 24, 2012

Put together some All-Stars and the championship will come

The Celtics and the Heat have set up an example, and many teams are following this strategy to stay competitive in the league.

By Stephen Lars

Build it and they will come, says the popular saying. When it comes to the NBA it’s a bit more like, hire as many All-Stars as you can and the Championship will get here eventually. At least that seems to be the logic behind most of the NBA’s general managers who are trying as hard as they can to find space in the salary cap to attract players in small market teams who don’t have the backup needed to clinch a title. It used to be that players would take it more personally. They would develop some sort of simbiosis with their team. It’s too hard, almost impossible, to imagine Michael Jordan playing at his peak in other team than the Chicago Bulls, Patrick Ewing leaving the New York Knicks because he couldn’t secure a title, Magic Johnson reaching out and looking for offers away from the Lakers, Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics. You get the idea, right? You know what I’m going for here.

Imagine Michael Jordan playing at his peak in other team than the Chicago Bulls...

It seems to me that it all started when the Boston Celtics took a big risk and signed three veteran All-Star players to join the team. Without missing a beat, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were dominating the Eastern Conference. Particularly Garnett who finally had the backup he needed to win a Championship. I mean, the Toronto Raptors had made him the player he is today, but it was with the Celtics and the so-called Big Three that he reached his finest. Now, it didn’t take too long for other teams to follow the same formula for success and the big market teams began to find a way to recruit. Soon enough it was the Miami Heat following the same recipe and even though it took them two tries, they landed an NBA Championship with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.

So it shouldn’t be such a big surprise that after Dwight Howard basically push Stan Van Gundy out of a job in Orlando, the outspoken coach would have something to say. Ok, let’s go ahead and put this one into perspective. Dwight Howard had hinted that he wouldn’t sign with Orlando unless there was somebody else as head coach. Ultimately, Van Gundy got fired, and Dwigh Howard ended up been trade to the LA Lakers. He got screwed over, that’s for sure. So perhaps it makes sense considering what has been happening lately that the former head coach and currently unemployed Van Gundy would come out and say something like thise.

"I think the interesting one coming up in the future is going to be Derrick Rose. I think Derrick Rose is a great, great representative of our league, and he's a great player. And he's got good players around him, very good players around him, but if (the Bulls) can't get another star there for him is he eventually going to look around and say, 'Hey, I've got to work this out on my own and I've got to find somehow to get somewhere else so that I will have a chance to play with another star.' The league has changed." Sure enough, Rose is contractually locked up with the Bulls until 2016, but considering what has happened with LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, even Chicago's Carlos Boozer, it wouldn’t really surprise me if he grows anxious if a title doesn’t arrive in the next few seasons.

About the Author

Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.