Re: Chris Paul wouldn't sign with the Celtics
posted at 12/1/2011 12:15 AM EST
In Response to Re: Chris Paul wouldn't sign with the Celtics
[QUOTE]i'm amazed all these guys want to play together instead of competing against each other. most of these guys lack that winning instinct that bird, magic, and jordan had. out of the whole miami team, wade is the only one with it. I think carmelo has it a bit.
Posted by PierceIsTheTruth[/QUOTE]
These guys know that competing against each other with only themselves as the star does NOT win championships. You talk about the competitiveness of Bird or Magic but remember Bird had McHale, Parish, DJ, Danny, etc. Magic had Kareem, Cooper, Byron Scott, Worthy, etc. Duncan had Robinson, Elliott, Manu, Parker. These guys all are playing by themselves (CP3 is the only legit potential hall of famer on that team). Same for Denver. Amare at least had Nash with him. Lebron was a one man show and same for Wade. They got tired of watching (and getting beat by) KG, Paul, Ray, and Rondo or Duncan, Parker, Ginobli (who beat Lebron in the finals) or Kobe, Gasol, Odom, and Bynum.
It takes at least 3 stars or overachievers to win a championship and these new players know that. The league got watered down over the last 15 years so this is their way of trying to build a team that really competes. CP3 knows that if he doesn't team with some stars - he's toast in terms of a championship. Same for Howard.
In many ways KG, Ray, and Paul helped show the way (even though they didn't do it themselves - Danny did it). Remember, KG wasn't coming here until he saw Paul and Ray here together!
Net, net - these guys want to be like Bird and Magic. Only Michael had the advantage of winning in a weak league as the primary superstar on his team. Even he couldn' beat the Pistons nor Celtics in his early years by himself!