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Miami big three says Celtics big three was its inspiration

May 11, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

With the torch about to be passed — not willingly, but it may happen Wednesday night anyway — the Miami Heat are paying homage.

They told Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN that without what Boston did in forming it’s big three back in the summer of 2007 — Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen coming to join Paul Pierce — what they wanted to do would never have happened.

“They set the blueprint for us when they decided to make the trade for [Kevin Garnett] and for Ray [Allen],” James said. “Seeing guys make sacrifices to come together and play as one. They set the blueprint and went out there and did it. They won a championship. They competed every year.”

“With LeBron losing to Boston in Cleveland in the playoffs, he felt like, ‘I gotta do more, I need to be around more to contend for a championship,’ ” Wade said. “Me feeling the same way going into the summer, saying that I needed more, it was because of Boston. They knocked us out.”

The three veterans of the Celtics seemed to blend from day one, coming out hot that first season together and never real cooling off until they were raising the Larry O’Brien trophy over their heads.

It was not like that for the Heat, they struggled to find what worked for them. They did it under a brighter spotlight than the Celtics, hearing about every misstep.

But they have figured it out now. And they are very close to grabbing the torch away from their inspiration.

  1. aboogy123456 - May 11, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Set the blueprint, Lebron? It doesn’t take a genius to know that if you put together three all-stars then you can be on a good team.

    • southbeachtalent - May 11, 2011 at 10:53 AM

      clearly misses point….

      • cordae - May 11, 2011 at 4:50 PM


  2. coltsfanindc - May 11, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    not so fast!! jerry west and 2 other all stars teamed up and won nothing. more recently, remember the kobe bryant, karl malone, gary payton, shaq lakers that lost the pistons?? it takes more than throwing allstars together. other intangibles like chemistry and sacrifice have to be there also. another ex., barkley, drexler, and olajuwuan = no championships

  3. thekingdave - May 11, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Garnett and Allen, already under contract, were traded there from worse situations in Minnesota and Seattle. What did they sacrifice?

    • andyhr17 - May 11, 2011 at 2:29 PM

      They sacrificed being the star/focal point of their team. The had to not care about personal stats.

  4. dgbk - May 11, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    I like Lebron as a player but as a person less and less…. I agree he does miss the point. Ray allen and kg were older players. They tried to win as much as they can wit their teams. They were not 2 all stars who had secret convos with another all star to get together. Bosh quit on the raptors some ppl think lebron did the same who knows… Not quite the same blue print…

    “he things your wrong”

    • slopmcflop - May 11, 2011 at 12:01 PM

      “he things your wrong”

      Okay guy, can we ease up on this? Yes, there was a typo. When you pump out multiple articles a day, it’s bound to happen. The content clearly got the message across. I wouldn’t care so much if you made snarky comments about it in the article it occurred in, but to keep bringing it up in other posts?? Argue the content itself, otherwise you just look petty.

      Oh and by the way:
      “wit their teams”

      • cordae - May 11, 2011 at 4:54 PM

        I’d say seven seasons at attempting to win a championship is pretty long, but who am I?

        And I think “southbeachtalent” referred to the poster above him about missing the point, like you just did…

  5. dgbk - May 11, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Lol @ snarky

    So to prove i’m petty you do the same thing lol real mature. If i upset kurt i’m sorry but i didnt see him comment. There is no need to get your panties in a bunch dude. Clearly i see the hard work he does and enjoy it, it was light hearted. Not like i said he is stupid etc. but by no means did i mean to be snarky. Lighten up just a lil captain serious.

    Oh by the way
    “wit their teams”

  6. Southern Sports Talk with McLean Godley - May 11, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    QUESTION: Have the Celtics been knocked out of the playoffs yet? No, all this talk is only a distraction and they feel that Boston has already tapped out…look for Boston to come out with major fire tonight.

  7. thekingdave - May 11, 2011 at 4:12 PM


    People had forgotten that Ray Allen was even in Seattle and KG had wanted put of Minnesota for years. You could easily argue their star power increased by going to a bigger market and appearing on the postseason. It’s not much of a sacrifice to lose PPG in your 30s to hunt for a ring.

  8. jstrizzle - May 11, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    I laugh at the posts when people rip James and how quick he gave up on his team. I think his situation was similar to that of KGs in Minnesota. The only difference was that LeBron had the brains to figure it out 5 years sooner than KG. If you ever listen to KG talk you would understand why it took him those extra 5 years. This isn’t the first time that I have heard that KG was a direct influence on why they teamed up.

    • randommofo - May 11, 2011 at 5:48 PM

      Yea if you watch KG’s post game presser after Cavs-Cs game 6 2010 playoffs (where the Cavs got eliminated), someone asked KG what he would do in LeBron’s position

      He said that, if he knew what he knew now, he would’ve done what he did (demand a trade to Boston) much earlier

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