After CSNNE.com’s Jackie Pepper made news when she said she heard the Lakers were interested in an Andrew Bynum-for-Dwight Howard trade, she then added on her personal blog: “The source says the Lakers have informed one player that he might be part of the package deal and that he could be traded at any moment.” The speculation began that this tag-along in the trade would be Metta World Peace.
Now, Daniel Artest has spoken. Here are the tweets of Metta World Peace’s brother:
“Laker fans. Y’all know that Dwight talked to Kobe and Nash recently. But y’all didn’t hear that from me first.”
“Laker fans. Remember. Lakers told the players who’s gonna be involved in a Dwight deal. But y’all didn’t hear that from me.”
“FYI laker fans. Lakers relented on wanting Dwight to sign an extension. Just saying. Y’all didn’t hear that either.”
“I spoke to Ron about the Nash trade. He was mad excited. Like I never heard him this happy since he told me he was gonna be a Laker.”
“Just saying. I’m not a GM. I’m just a guy w/an unlimited iPhone data plan, an opinion, and friends within the NBA family. That’s all.”
“I think laker fans need to give Pau one more chance. Let’s see how he mesh w/Nash before y’all want him gone. Feel me?”
“If Pau doesn’t change up his playing ways. Trade him at the deadline. He still has value as a player.”
Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard could potentially mean rings, which would make most Lakers fans forget about “basketball reasons”.
Traditionally the closest thing to a Big 3 in the NFL has been “Triplets”. The most legendary triplets were clutch QB Troy Aikman, workhorse RB Emmitt Smith, and all-intensity team leader WR Michael Irvin of the 90’s Dallas Cowboys.
Headed into 2011, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hoped they had the potential of the greatest triplets in the NFL with Josh Freeman, Mike Williams, and LeGarrette Blount. They still might, but now Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin have a chance to move into the #1 spots or create a more generously-distributing offense.
The hard thing about finding triplets is that there are so few elite running backs. While Weeden-Richardson-Little, Gabbert-Jones-Drew-Blackmon, and Ponder-Peterson-Harvin continue to develop their bonds, the best choice for triplets is again in Dallas: Romo-Murray-Bryant.
It’s hard to argue against these Big 3’s.
Cardinals: Darnell Dockett, Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson
Packers: Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews
Vikings: Jared Allen, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin
And, if they’re all healthy, it’s hard to argue against these Big 4’s.
49ers: Patrick Willis, Frank Gore, Randy Moss, Aldon Smith (and Vernon Davis?)
Bears: Brian Urlacher, Jay Cutler, Julius Peppers, Brandon Marshall (and Lance Briggs? Devin Hester? That’s a lot of star power)
Giants: Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck
Patriots: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Vince Wilfork, Wes Welker
Ravens: Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata, Ed Reed, Ray Rice (and Lardarius Webb?)
Steekers: Troy Polamalu, Ben Roethlisberger, James Harrison, Mike Wallace (and Antonio Brown?)
Other than the lack of players weaseling their way out of the teams they are on – sometimes before their contracts are up (Jay Cutler’s departure was unique in the betrayal of promises by Josh McDaniels) -, there may be another reason why you don’t hear of the Big 3’s in the NFL. Maybe the reason you don’t see a Big 3 in the NFL is that every team is filled with stars.
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