The Big Three. I do not know if the phrase was coined before Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined Paul Pierce in Boston. I do know the term has been used quite a lot this summer since Chris Bosh and LeBron James joined Dwyane Wade in Miami.
Ken Berger talks with Ben Gordon in a recent article, Pistons' Gordon salutes sacrifice made by Heat triumvirate, about the NBA arms race, and that if you do not have three NBA all stars on your team, you will no longer be in the hunt for a championship.
Towards the end of the article, Berger mentions that Chris Paul made a toast at Carmelo Anthony's wedding last weekend about forming "our own Big Three" in New York with Amar'e Stoudemire. I do not know whether the league will look into this as possible tampering or collusion, but I do believe it represents a new era for the NBA. Top tier players will no longer be interested in resigning for the max, if they are not in a situation to compete with the other elite players and teams in the NBA.
Unfortunately there are only so many genuine all star calibre players to go around. In the future, are we going to see only four or five genuine title contenders, then a significant drop off in terms of overall team talent and win/loss records.
If this is the future NBA landscape, how do the Sixers go about positioning themselves to make themselves relevent again? Especially when the definition of relevent in the NBA may be changing. Yes I know it appears this topic has been discussed ad nauseam, but I do not think anyone has factored in this future for the NBA in to the discussion.