Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  86 responses

Chris Paul Wants to Form ‘Big Three’ in New York?

Newsday‘s spies at Melo’s wedding this past weekend say Chris Paul made a rather interesting speech (and pitch) during the ceremony: “Could Broadway get its own Big Three? While addressing guests at Carmelo Anthony ‘s wedding in Manhattan on Saturday, Chris Paul made it known that he is open to the idea. According to multiple sources who attended the wedding, which was held at Cipriani on 42nd Street, there was a common theme among the best wishes to Anthony and his new bride, television personality LaLa Vazquez: that they should consider taking up permanent residence in New York and that Anthony should take the challenge LeBron James passed on with the Knicks. And with less-than-pleased Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke in attendance, Paul – during his address to the happy couple – said he wants to get Anthony to come with him and join Amar’e Stoudemire with the Knicks ‘and form our own Big Three’ to challenge the newly formed Miami triumvirate of James , Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Stoudemire, who also attended the wedding, loved what he heard. When he first arrived in New York the previous Saturday night, he reportedly said, ‘I’ve talked to Carmelo Anthony that he needs to come out here.’”

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  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    snapping dooley. this is getting out of hand.

  • Snapping Dooley

    Somebody called me?

  • James

    With all due respect, a trio including Bron,Wade and Bosh is better than a Melo, Amare, CP3 trio.

  • Fat Lever

    Stop Snitchin’

  • nicko

    all these people are just giving up on their teams already haha

  • Hedo Turkeyglu

    This is quickly becoming a two- or three-tier NBA. First tier with Big 3 type players on each of a handful of teams (Miami-Bos-NYC-Chi-LA) and the rest of the franchises forming the equivalent of the D-League in the NBA. How can this possibly become more blatant? In inmates running the insane asylum.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    of all people i never thought chris would say anything like that.. wow, if that happens, its gonna be a very sad league.. no more competition, its gonna shrunk into 20 teams.. very sad.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Is David Stern on vacation? How is it that the players can openly talk about getting players to join a team with them when everyone else gets fined for even mentioning their name?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    So is Chris going to be suspended now?

  • cp3fan

    How many big threes are we going to have? There is about to be three or four teams with 12 of the best players on them. I don’t think that’s good for the league. I like seeing players spread out on different teams.

  • Epsilon Nupe

    agreed, i wasnt mad at the move in mia, but it appears that everyone will to get an allstar team leaving(this point was already reffered to above) a league with maybe 4 or 5 great teams. Really the east will be stacked, and kill each other, and the lakers will still have an easy path to the finals. (i say that assuming paul and melo leave the west for ny, and the spurs somehow trade parker)

  • Will

    Melo is staying in DENVER

  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick NotebookNick

    Amar’e doesn’t play defense and needs a point guard. He’d get one of those two things with Paul.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I would take Paul, Melo and Amare over Wade, James and Bosh anyday, also Knicks have better role players to. HA HA, Miami big three better win this year or its over. BOOK IT!!!

  • Hedo Turkeyglu

    Eboy, I suspect you fully realize that this goes far beyond just Chris piping up. Up until the MIA 3 Egos, the Heat were just another of the middle market also-rans. It is quickly turning to the a handful of Globetrotter teams and the rest are the Generals, without requisite talent to compete.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Baseball has the same issues. It’ll be interesting how David Stern and the owners will attempt to regain control of their product. The players are finally realizing the power they have and are wielding it. Welcome to the 21st century.

  • http://albayanos.com LeoneL

    I bet he’s kidding.

  • riggs

    the heat already have a recent championship cant the knicks catch a break for once :(

  • BostonBaller

    I totally agree with Cheryl. I also have no problem w/ players trying to stack their teams in this manner since owners used to do the same thing way back in the day when they could. Back room deals are now done in on street cafe’s. This breed of athlete will always push the envelope…

  • Sam

    Maybe Paul was having too many drinks at the wedding. Did Melo have an open bar????

  • m3kw

    Give me a break. LOL Amare(sp) and Melo is NOT big, they are all stars, but not at that scale.

    I wouldn’t say Bosh is big but he is in Pierce’s class.

    James and Wade is BIG. Kobe is big.

  • Aristotle

    It’s starting to become like European football…. a handful of clubs with the dollars or the history to bring in players which are excited by the dollars or the history, and the rest of the teams all suffer, and so do the fans. At least in European football (Soccer as you know it) the fans turn up every week, even if your the worst teams and getting relegated. I guess it gives them hope.

  • leeper

    haha DECISION 2011 – it’s becoming annual!

  • ron

    how to put it…
    it won’t be exciting if you get to see team USA play every night…

  • w-8ben

    if the miami 3 dont get a ring this coming year, they will be the laughing stock of the nba.
    even the boston big 3 full of old ppl got the ring right off the bat. cp3 stoud & melo seem to have much better possible chemistry too

  • Robb

    Now, that’s a big three to be afraid of. They could work as a team so much better. Agreed Seed.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Players deciding where they want to play – now that’s a concept. The lack of parity in the NBA is nothing new and something that I’m sure continues to concern Stern and others interested in the long-term success of the L. Now with players asserting themseleves, it makes it an even more difficult challenge and likely a direct area to be addressed in the upcoming negotiations (and lock-out). Lettign players choose where they want to play will certainly benefit big markets and good weather locations – and cause even more damage to small and/or ‘bad weather’ markets. What’s good for the NBA is not necessarily what the players would ideally like, but without significant changes to free agency rules (more limitations on who can go where) how do they make it more competitive and interesting across the L?

  • Chris

    As a NY fan, this would be amazing. Unfortunately, I still don’t know if that team beats the Super 3 in Miami.

  • ampd

    can we please stop with the use of the term ‘big 3′? duke had a big 3, miami has a big 3, now paul wants one in nyc….. the only big 3 is the legend, chief, and mchale, done deal

  • http://moko.cc/gdpkq KQ

    I think Chris, Amare and Carmelo is actually a combination that works better. Amare played a pretty solid pick-n-roll game with Nash back in Phoenix and he could do the same with Paul. While Nash had only some B-list shooters to dish to, Chris would have Carmelo helping him chalk up assists if the NYC-Big-3 becomes a reality.

    Having said that, I do look forward to the possibility of Lebron morphing into the Incredible-Hulk version of Magic, and become a great orchestra conductor, with Wade and Bosh playing to his dimes.

  • Joe

    This is how you end up with Michael Redd as a “max” player. The other teams will have to pay someone.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    If you tell people they can’t talk – they will do so quietly. I think the rule should be dropped. Let players talk to each other – they have always and will always do it anyway.

  • rainman10

    People always sayin Amare can’t be good without a good point guard (Steve Nash). But in his 2nd yr out of high school, with a rookie Barbosa and terrible Howard Eisley runnin’ the point, Amare averaged 20 and 9. Dude can play.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    There have always been only a handful of NBA teams capable of winning a championship at any given time.

  • D12FSU

    chris paul is still in new orleans, right? or did i miss a trade, how is this not tampering?!

  • WangChung

    c’mon Melo…you know what you have to do now. MSG vs. Pepsi Center? Nuff said.

  • Jake

    I think the L might as well just split up every superstar onto 2 teams,one in the west and one in the east and let them duke it out every year.

  • LA Huey

    So the lack of parity in the league is a problem because its the players that are dictating what the good teams are as opposed to the organizations themselves? I haven’t heard people complaining so much in past years. I mean, the Larry O’Brien has gone to all but 7 teams in the past 3 decades. Only once, 1994 Rockets has a team done it with just a single current/former All-Star. It seems like people are only noticing because usually it’s just your “regular” All-Stars and not the types with “celebrity” status getting together.

  • http://screwjams.tumblr.com cramzy

    will somebody please tell Stat to stop snitchin on himself. I could have sworn what these guys are doing is called tampering. Why everybody wanna broadcast these things these days?

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Stern is right for not trying to ‘punish’ players for talking to each other. Frankly I don’t think it’s that big of a deal as I’m sure behind the scenes teams are talking to players all the time. At the end of the day IF players have the options and teams have the money then who talks to whom (where ever and whenever) doesn’t really matter. I don’t think ‘controlling’ talks with players/agents/GM’s etc makes a difference or is an effective way of accomplishing anything besides behind the scenes conversations and/or speculation about behind the scenes conversations.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Damn, as if New Orleans wasn’t already going through it….

  • JTaylor21

    You old a*s so called basketball fans weren’t crying about wanting parity in the past. How bout the 60s when the celtics won i’m guessing 9 out of 10 chips or the 80s when the celts and lakers won 8 out of 10 chips or the 90s when the bulls/rockets/spurs won all ten. Only the 70s were there any parity. Stop complaing and let this new school players do only what has been done since day one.

  • JTaylor21

    Congrats!! the seed with the stupidest statement of the day. Who in their right mind would pick paul/melo/stat over bron/wade/bosh, only a kobe ball devourer would say something that foolish. for one wade would abuse paul on D, melo also will get abused on D and bosh at least pretends to try on D unlike amare who acts like the player he’s guarding has swine flu. Also they will be playing for NO D-antonio we know what that means. A buffet line to the basket.

  • LA Huey

    @JTaylor21, you’re selling Melo short on D. He plays solid D but it’s not recognized because he doesn’t make any highlight steals/blocks.

  • Javy

    I guess Kobe can talk to Durant and maybe get him to cancel his contract and come play with him.
    This league is becoming a joke!!!
    No more competitiveness out there…..
    I will start watching Volleyball from now on!

  • JD

    That would be awesome

  • bnets

    they should just go to miami for less money hahah

  • Chris

    I think the success of the Heat depends on how well LBJ can suit himself to a Magic Johnson type of role.

    If him and Wade start jockeying for ball time, then the team won’t work.

    No doubt, individually, Bron, Wade, and Bosh will be unmatched by any other team, but it is collectively that they need to worry about. They may be able to bring it all together, but Melo, Paul, and Amar’e do seem like they would fit more naturally together.

  • O

    Until it actually happens, i’m not getting my hopes up. That team would definitely get the NYK back into relevancy and make them a Championship team. I heard Spike Lee almost fainted when Paul said that. He probably nutted on himself.

  • O

    Sidenote: Any money bet says that LeBron will be BEGGING CP3 to join the Heat when the time comes…

  • ConeyIslander

    As a Knick fan I’ll believe it when I see it, but if it does, it will be one of the happiest days of my life!

  • Westside

    Why are people hatin on Miami’s new players. I don’t get it. Other teams are stacked with all stars.

    Celtics (Rondo, Pierece, Allen, Garnett)
    Lakers (Kobe, Gasol, + a reserve maybe in Bynum)
    Lakers(Payton, Kobe, Karl Malone, etc) Remember that team???

    I think what we are seeing is a shift in the NBA, everyone has fallen in love with the one superstar model that we’ve seen over the last decade, that’s changing now. To win, you need a TEAM, a damn good team so let players go where they want. Some teams will end up stacked, yes, this is true, but there is an NBA draft every year so weaker teams CAN get better. In the 2003 draft we saw LBJ, DWADE, etc, there will be other GREAT players in the future as well

    Lastly, let’s not forget how Teams/Owners trade players, when a team trades a player when they player doesn’t really want to go, no one says anything. Team dump players all the time to try to improve their chances but when Lebron does it, everyone has a hissy fit. It’s a business people, get over it.

    Nuff said.

  • Pig

    Btw i’d take melo,co and amar’e over miami’s guys,because they are more balanced..but Melo will stay in denver,he’s loyal and a good guy(altough he is a bit knucklehead)I’d like to see Melo get a ring before other 03 draft stars..that would be a slap in bron’s face
    I understand why CP said that,but it’s sad..this would destroy NO and if Melo leaves my nuggets would hit lottery again for 15 years next to cavs and clippers

  • AT33

    The only way to compete with the Miami trio is if CP3 and Melo join Dwight Howard and the Magic!
    CP3/Melo/Howard vs. LBJ/Wade/Bosh

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I thought it wasn’t tampering for players to talk?
    Also, people who think the NY three is better than Miami’s are silly.
    Melo and Amare suck on defense. They suck big time. Paul is decent, great at getting steals, but not a top flight defender.
    Paul and Amare can operate well in pick and roll, but Melo is a ball stopper, who needs lots of shots to get his rhythm. That might hurt.
    In Miami, Lebron doesn’t have to be a big time scorer. He can impact and dominate the game with his point guard skills, while Wade can dominate as a scorer. Bosh is a very good rebonder, good defender and he can score in the post and out on the wing.
    If you think Melo/Amare/Paul is better than Lebron/Wade/Bosh, on paper, then you are probably a hater.


    so its paul, melo, amare?

  • http://dez@nba.com dez

    the league is watered down anyways. i’d much rather see a few stacked teams crush the competition/each other. bobcats vs 76ers? no thanks

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    The NYK 3 would be a more ‘natural’ fit than the MIA 3. While the talent in MIA is clearly better, they’ll have to work on chemistry and trying to fit in with each other. If CP3 got his wish and played with Amare and Melo, they would all just seem to make sense with each other where CP3 would be the sole primary ball handler and distribute down low to either Amare or Melo who’s concurrent presence on the court would really help take pressure of the other and possibly improve both of their games. Obviously defense would be there ‘issue’ but Paul isn’t a bad defender – above average. Melo actually even better than people give him credit for on defense, the question is if Amare has even heard the word before or has any interst in it.

  • http://Yahoo.com Sergio Rodriguez

    My dick would win all six of these players


    In my opinion, Melo won’t re-sign in Denver. There are several question marks swirling around the Denver Nuggets franchise. First you have the Nuggets owner, Silent Stan Kroenke, who has to sell the Nuggets in order to get his stamp of approval by the NFL owners in the midst of his quest to purchase Chip Rosenbloom’s 60% controlling interest of the St. Louis Rams. Next, the front office could drastically change, with Rex Chapman and Mark Warkentien each free agents of their own this summer. Denver’s window of opportunity to contend for a championship SLAMMED SHUT this past season. Denver blew their chances while the window was open, due to the fact their commitment to staying under the luxury tax line was clearly greater than their commitment to winning. No matter how you slice it, Melo will escape to the NY Knicks one way or the other, no later than the summer of 2011. Worst case, he plays one more season in Denver, and then bolts for the Knicks. “We want Carmelo to come to New York,” said Spike Lee. I agree. Did you know? Melo even sold his house in Denver recently. Yesir, the stars are aligning for Melo to join the Knicks.


    Paul-Melo-Amar’e > Wade-LePippen-RuPaul

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    @Allenp: Bosh is a good defender…lolololololololol hahahhahahhaahhahaha…my ribs´re hurting dude

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Bosh isn’t the greatest, but compared to AMARE, he is all-world.

  • WM

    I’m glad to see the players finally taking their futures into their own hands. The NBA will end up like Major League Baseball with only two teams in each conference with a realistic chance of winning it all in the next 5 years or so should most of the NBA All-Stars actually sacrafice some financial gain to join each other to stack a roster. This is nothing short of what they would do in a weekend pick-up game (wait until their boys get there so they can hold court all day) except with million dollar contracts.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    Sorry, but…
    Wade, Bosh, Lebron v Paul, Melo, and Amare just gave me a boner.
    F the “all teams are competitive” nonsense. Let’s bring back the 80s. I want five or six teams duking it out while the rest are just fodder to show how good the other teams are!

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    @tealish…hes better defender than Amare, but that doesnt make him anywhere near good. and Amare would put 35 on Bosh, prob Bosh too, so its a wash..Melo and Bron to me is a the same, Melo actually won their duel last year and Wade vs CP3 is kinda equal too…DONT KNOW WHERE SOME COME FROM when you SAY ONE TRIO IS CLEARY MORE TALENTED. its very very close dudes.

  • logues

    i agree with jukai. imagine the knicks vs the heat every yr battling to go to the finals. since they are all under 30 yrs old, their would be classic battles the next five yrs!

  • Krazed

    ^^Agreed. I see this as a revival of the late 90s-early 2K rivalry of NYK (Houston, Spree, LJ and Ewing) and MIA (T-Bug, Zo, Mash and Thunder Dan)should a triumvirate of Paul, Amare and Melo be formed in Gotham.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I think Paul, Melo and Amare would be hands-down favourites to win against the Miami 3. Paul is the best PG in the game, and as good at distributing and playmaking LBJ is, he’s no Paul. Plus, chemistry would favour the Knicks, as Melo has shown he can play with a scoring point guard in Billups. All they would need is a defensive C and keep Chandler at the 2-guard, perhaps even keep T-Mac for the first season or two until he’s broken.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    just.. co-sign Cheryl.
    She’s “on point”. ha.

  • hobbes

    Let Knicks have their big 3, so the east 4 teams can beat up each other bad, must be nice to see. And whoever comes out will be owned by the Lake Show. 3,4,5 peat haha…

  • http://www.hufsf.com Waylonakolipse

    Laker fans are overconfident. La would’ve lost to Boston with Perkins playing. And Miami has the potential to be much better depending on who they sign in roster spots 8-12.

  • KB

    that would be better than the miami squad because all three players complement each other and would have better role players. and the league has always been top heavy so thats not a valid argument.

  • cp3fan

    Amare had Stephon Marbury who was one of the top 5 pgs in the game at the time.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Hold the eff on.
    Bron and Melo aren’t close. Melo is a dominant scorer, Bron is a dominant player. Bron is better at passing, better at rebounding, better at defense, better at ball handling. Melo is a better scorer skill-wise, but Bron has averaged more points per game damn near every year in the league. Bron and Wade are two of the three best players in the league without question, Paul, Melo and Amare aren’t even the best players at their positions in the the league. ( I got Deron Williams better than Paul. Bosh, Dirk and Gasol are better than Amare. And Bron and Durant are better than Melo.)
    Wade and Paul isn’t close. Wade is better than Chris freaking Paul, period. Paul is great, but he ain’t on Wade’s level. He’s on the level below that.
    And Bosh is a good defender. Not great, not fantastic, good. he doesn’t get murdered every night. He tries to play tough. Remember, he was playing with the Raptors and at least three of the starting five on that team played NO DEFENSE. That makes it tougher. I expect him to play very good defense in Miami.

  • abe2693

    Some of the blasphemy on this page is just surprising. To say that Melo is no where close to LeBron is crazy. Melo has other scorers on his team, it isn’t necessary for him to take over every night like LeBron did. And LeBron isn’t the greatest defender in the world, most of his defense comes from “help defense” not one on one. And Chris Paul is the best PG in the league. And whoever said Chris Paul isn’t a great defender, you can’t lead the league in steals 2 years in a row and not be a great defender. Then Amare is better than Bosh, hands down. Neither play defense, but Amare had a season where he averaged over 2 blocks per game unlike Bosh. And when comes to scoring, Amare is a better post player than Bosh is, not as versatile but I would still take Amare over Bosh any day.
    CP3, Melo, Amare > Miami Thrice

  • http://jayemmbee.blogspot.com/ ClutchPerformer

    Melo is better scorer than Bron, and we seen how he checked him in that OT game last year, Melo has always had Brons number in past matchups
    Wade straight murks Paul, Paul is good but wade is great
    Bosh is much better than Amare, Amare is good but most of his points require a point guard or slashing to the basket, Bosh can post up or face up, you saw that lack of PG in Toronto.
    this could be a could match up though and put NY in the light again, and Spike could run his mouth with pride, will it happen? doubt it cuz Melo has a great team and PG in Billups in Denver

  • Harlem_World

    First of all, PLEASE make this happen. Where I think NY CAN stack our chips is with the supporting cast. 3 on 3, Wade’s team wins, but it would be close in a TEAM setting. However I genuinely believe that if we can bring in the other 2 (CP3 and Melo) NY becomes the more attractive place to play for the other roster spots. Lebron can pass the ball, no doubt, but Cp3 is a better pg, obviously, so coming to play with him is going to better for a FA’s numbers. We’d need some physical perimeter defenders and a rebounding, defensive minded C, but NY is NY – with the media/money/MSG and the city, with that 3, we can build a winning TEAM. Quiet as kept, D’Antonio would have to go though.

  • ENDS

    come to O-Town

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7xlzLOZH5c Th3_R3al_Chris

    Chris Bosh is the same player who Kobe dropped 81 on and who Shaq has his yearly “best game of the season” on, right?

  • lahater

    kobe is by far the best player in the league right now and you know why.. because his team actually wins something. oh and i hate kobe and the lakers but he has that will to win that jordon had

    lebron has never and will never have what kobe or jordon have

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Lebron locked down Paul Pierce.
    When was the last time somebody did that? Even Ron Artest didn’t do as good a job on Pierce as Lebron did. That is amazing.
    and Allen Ivers led the league in steals multiple times. Allen Iverson has NEVER been a good defender. The best he go to was passable. So using steals to determine defensive ability is idiotic.
    Let’s match it up. Bron, Wade and Bosh are all better than Melo, Paul and Amare. I mean, I can’t believe this is a debate.

  • Z

    At this rate, the league should seriously consider shrinking the league, because like most people said; we are going to have probably 6-8 stacked teams and the rest will be just JV teams for the elite teams to bash on a nightly basis. I think what made the league so fun to watch these last 3-4 years was that a lot of teams had a roster that could compete for the ship. Now honestly I would say it comes down to maybe 2-3 teams in each conference that can compete. 6 out of 30? How is that a good league to watch and enjoy? This is why I watch the college game and wait until the playoffs to get into the NBA. Watching the Heat, Lakers, Celtics, Mavs etc smash teams every night this season will not be entertaining to watch.

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  • http://Slamonline.com Philly

    this is not good for league !! hope that melo stays

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