In an ideal world people would have their personal choice of where they want to work, who they want to work with and what conditions they would like to work under. Who needs the ideal world when we could simply gather our friends and work for the NBA? Last week’s NBA trade deadline was definitely off the wall and arguably one of the craziest trade deadline week’s sports has seen. The overflow of moves made prior to and at the deadline were mind-boggling to say the least.
Looking at the list of current all-stars and the tassel of key contributors dealt over the last few months, it is pretty clear that there is an absence of modern par in the NBA. The recent player movement amongst some of the top performers in the NBA – LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Deron Williams, Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups has lead most of us to believe that changes have been made in an organized fashion in order to gang up on the smaller markets. The luxury of moving to big market teams or teams that are perpetual championship contenders is ideal, however by giving these all-stars the capacity to develop these pacts, it makes the NBA seem competitively spurious. It’s a new era of all-stars who have officially begun to take over the league. The all-stars today see nothing wrong with picking their teams, their teammates, and their coaches. It seems as though the league is at the disposal of the players, well…the all-star players at least. Today the all-stars care more about playing with their buddies in big cities and warm weather markets than they care about winning.
Last night’s game between The Miami Heat and New York Knicks wasn’t a battle of the best but a battle between besties. Best of friends in the league, who have come together and have created these power house teams. Unfortunately, the Heat friends weren’t so heated last night. It is now time for them to collectively figure out a way to re-light the ignition and add more fuel to their fire. Listen here boys; you aren’t the only wolf pack around…there is a new wolf pack in the league!
You can put together all-stars who fill up on stats, chow down and demolish bad teams, swallow average teams and sporadically taste a breakthrough moment during the course of the regular season, but when push comes to shove and a team needs to step up from contender to champion, the Heat is missing a key ingredient. It’s simple; the missing ingredient is a point guard – especially one like Billups. The winner of yesterday’s puffed up showdown, which was supposed to be all about the star power of LeBron, Dwayne, Carmelo and Amare – was actually won by the team that had a championship point guard, the New York Knicks with a 91 – 86 final.
The Heat can’t seem to catch a break at point guard. However, when you’ve got Wade, James and Bosh, you can’t have it all. Yesterday’s game was a “friendly” reminder of that precisely.
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Written by Melissa Tzotzis