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Brandon Jennings: "I guess in three years, me, Tyreke Evans, and Stephen Curry should team up, too."

Aug 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

Brandon Jennings has weighed in to TMZ on all the team-ups going on and it’s about what you’d expect. He says that all these team-ups that are going on (and he lumps Boston in with Miami) are bad because it lowers the competition, that “everyone’s trying to play together instead of competing.” He mentions he’s got friends, too, and according to what’s going on in the league, he should team up with Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry. Which is just insane to think about. 

Most notable? Jennings says the players are teaming up to “try and beat Kobe (Bryant).” With all the discussions of team-ups and taking the easy way out, it could be argued that it’s the talent the Lakers have acquired that have created this situation. The Lakers do boast multiple Hall of Famers and Ron Artest is playing for the mid-level exception, for cryin’ out loud. 
His comments do bring up another question. Are James, Wade, Bosh, and the Boston crew setting an example that will follow through to the younger generations of players? Will we see Jennings et al teaming up in a few years to try and combat the Miami Triad? Is there a pattern being set that will follow through? It’s unlikely given the difference in players’ competitiveness, but it’s still something to watch to see if we’re experiencing a paradigm shift in the NBA. 
  1. Craig W. - Aug 29, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    You have got to be kidding!
    Look back at history:
    Start with the 1948-49 Lakers, then the 1958-69 Celtics, then the 80s and the 90s.
    The norm in successful NBA eras was that a team got loaded and started really dominating. Now look at the golden era of the sport and you see that both Boston and LA got loaded in the 80s and other teams had to try and compete.
    This is not exactly a new phenomenon, just the free-agent part.

  2. D - Aug 29, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    The difference with all of those other teams is that they were put together by a GM, and it’s his job to amass talent in any way possible.
    There’s nothing wrong with this new player-initiated collusion per se, it’s just odd to see top tier free agents choosing to play with each other rather than compete against the other top talents.

  3. Randall - Aug 29, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    I’m sure his bosses loved reading that. And Boston’s title is due more to who the big 3 were-older, leader types who chucked egos aside to win. All we’ve seen from Miami so far is ego.

  4. john - Aug 29, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Who are the multiple hof on the lakers?

  5. Paul - Aug 29, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    HOF on lakers? Fisher, Vujacic, Artest, Ratlif, Barnes, Blake, Caracte…..
    Lebron and Co. are just weak. I doubt Kobe or any other old schools would have left a 60 win team to team up with a 2 top 10 players

  6. LogicMan - Aug 30, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    Hmmm… sounds like whining to me. The East just got a lot more difficult. Milwaukee was on the rise and has taken positive steps but have still fallen behind Miami, Boston and Orlando.

  7. Cordell - Aug 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Lakers have HOF lineup? Outside of Kobe….maybe Gasol will land there if he has another 3 to 5 stellar years but thats it. Bynum, Fisher, and Odom have virtually no shot at getting there but its not a diss to their talent, its just that they do not have HOF numbers.
    I agree with Brandon that this teaming up stuff is for the birds…where is the fire in the belly to beat each other? They wanna team up and beat up on watered down teams? Thats real creative and competitive! I hope Miami loses 30 to 40 games, they are nothing outside of their Big Three.

  8. Wyldknight - Aug 30, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Teams are whining,
    Every championship team is stack by trade. Name one team in the modern era that did get a ring(s) by making a trade…as far as beating each other the league doesnt have personal rivalries anymore; those have been squased by Stern and his crew.

  9. rodney - Aug 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    magic said it best teaming up like that with Bird was out of the question he was trying to hard to beat him,,you think wilt would want to play with russell , in the long run this is bad for THE NBA IN 2-3 YEARS WATCH HOW THIS WILL EFFECTED THE TEAMS THAT CANT WIN BECAUSE OF THIS YOU THINK FANS WILL KEEP GOING TO GAMES IF THE HEAT ARE WINNING BY 25 EVERY NIGHT , WHO WILL WATCH A PLAYOFF GAME THAT THEY KNOW THERE TEAM CANT WIN ?.2500 TO SEE THE KNICKS LOSE LOL .

  10. Jacque - Aug 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    What’s the big deal? Forming a great team has always been the norm in the NBA…I’ve been watching since the mid 70’s. Perhaps Jenning’s need 2 learn a bit more about NBA history and know WTF his talking about b4 making those type of statements.

  11. Jacque - Aug 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    my bad WTF he is, not his….

  12. Joshua Keys - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Can’t believe this is a news?
    Jennings must be crazy to think that his teaming up with Evans and Curry would be anything close to Wade, James and Bosh.
    There are probably ten or more teams that already boast talents similar or better than that trio.

  13. rholand - Aug 30, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    san antonio

  14. Anonymous - Aug 31, 2010 at 6:38 AM

    Fisher, Vujacic, Artest, Ratlif, Barnes, Blake, Caracte…..
    ALL OF THEM JUST B……..T LAKERS PLAYERS
    KOBE OK

  15. Brian Thomas - Aug 31, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    It is almost impossible to stop the movement of players as demonstrated by Wade, LBJ and Chris, it does require some careful planning and if done the way they planned over a 3 year period how will anyone find out?. As for the comment that people will not watch, they surely will because, despite the way Cleveland and Toronto fans feel people are going to watch this dream team. I think the way the Miami dream team was formed would have been impossible for a General Manager to orchestrate because big trades are not normal when you trade your superstar, you have to have talent to get talent, while Miami was unloading talent and contracts over the past three years, no one was paying any attention, it was brilliant but those players planned this and that is why LBJ was so elated because it worked, it would have been impossible to form this unit via trades.
    If your a Heat fan you do not care if your a Cavs fan you wish you would have been in the shoes the Nuggets are in at least they have the ability to get some good players in return, and they have a chance to even get better, Cleveland and Toronto gambled and lost.

  16. RDubb - Sep 7, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Craig I agree and perahps the players have also agreed. It was said that old Hall of Famers don’t die they go to Boston or LA to win a championship. Why becase these are historically elite franchises.
    Remember at one time the NBA was a third the size it is now. The tallent was pooled then also. Plaayers have a right to pursue happiness just as we do! Usually that entails a championship.
    FYI Kobe has been beaten many a time. The last championship series was official dominated and pretty unfair to us in green. However it is history now. I would also ask folks to take a look at Perkins injury – perhaps it was unintentional but you decide for yourself? Would Kobe normally kick that hard?
    I like Kobe and I am sad that this championship remains unresolved in my mind but time marches on. So how about 2 out of 3 08, 10, 11? We will see. Also the highest ratings for television broadcasting of NBA series is when? I am from Springfiled Massachusetts and I not watched C Series when lessor oponents battle for the Championship. Oh my dad attended Spfld College too.

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