June 19, 2024

We hate the Brooklyn Nets, don’t we? Unless you were a Nets fan, you probably did hate them.

They built a “big three” in a league where we believed the era of “super-teams” had ended and a new glorious era of “duos” had started. In case you might be confused on the concept of what a big three is, it describes a team with up to three all-star caliber players.

In 2019, every “big three” team had one player leave for a new team. This was amazing news for a National Basketball League fan to hear because for many years “big three teams” ruled the NBA. 

From the 2012 Miami Heat who had players such as LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, to back as far as the 1980s, where we saw the Los Angeles Lakers rule the NBA because of their own big three in Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy.

After this, the Los Angeles Lakers added Anthony Davis to their roster. Now they have added star point guard Russell Westbrook to their roster, as well. Westbrook is a former MVP and an Olympic gold medalist. He also averaged a historic triple-double (any three player-statistics categories from a single season that are above single-digits) in seasons past, which no one else has done since Oscar Robinson in 1962.

As a Clippers fan myself, I have accepted the fact that with Westbrook in Los Angeles, the Lakers now have complete control over the Los Angeles fan base. There is now another big dog in the NBA, and that balances out the league so that the Nets are not the only dominant team. The Lakers are now capable, too. 

So game on, because now that the Lakers made a “big three,” other teams are following, such as the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls. I guess we can say that the Westbrook trade to the Lakers has shaken up the basketball world, and now every other team has to move fast because they might miss the train to this new era of the NBA.

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