According to Probasketballtalk.com and Miami Heat Beat Reporters, there is apparently interest from the Heat front office to try and get their Big 3 to re-work their contracts and then sign Carmelo Anthoney if he opts out of his contract with the Knicks and make a “Big 4″ on South Beach.
This disturbs me on several levels as a Denver Nuggets fan. For the last few years, the stars of the league have been determining the fate of the NBA Champion by aligning themselves with other stars. Cities like Denver are considered “Flyover Cities” to the elite players in the NBA because it is not LA, New York or Miami and the spotlight isn’t as bright as it is in the east and west coast cities. If this trend continues, teams like the Nuggets and other flyover teams might as well close up shop because they are never going to get the 3 stars that seem to be needed to produce a championship team. Denver is not the only city where this is a concern. Could you see the stars of the league aligning themselves in Milwaukee? Salt Lake City? Minneapolis (Kevin Love is trying to get out of there now)? Portland? Memphis? Hell no you don’t. All of these cities have one thing in common. They are all flyovers to the stars of the league.
This is disturbing to me because as much as I love the NBA game, I am a Nuggets fan first and if the Nuggets never have a chance to win a championship because of this “new world order” of franchise building by the stars, why root for the team? The only way cities like Denver or the others I mentioned can get to the point where they have a chance to get more than one superstar to sign with them is to get lucky like the OKC Thunder did in drafting Kevin Durant and have him decide to stay and help recruit the other stars. We may have thought we had that in Carmelo Anthoney here in Denver for several years but that was just window dressing because it appears more and more each year that Melo is not about winning, he is about his “Brand” and being in the bright lights of New York or some other such glamorous city.
I hate to be “Johnny Raincloud” here, but this has become the new reality of the NBA and until Adam Silver does something about this self-aligning of the stars of the league, cities like Denver are never going to have a chance to win a championship!