The media and basketball fans have been asking the same questions for weeks-- is the OK3 experiment over?
Well, let me just bring this to your attention --
NBA superstar LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in order to join the Miami Heat in the 2010-11 season. James along with the iconic Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh--making one of the first "Big 3s"--did not win a championship that same year.
They could not escape the hype that surrounded them and there was absolutely no doubt that these three players put together were terrifying. This team was expected to take it all the way to the chip, but that wasn't the case.
It wasn't until the following season in 2012 when the Big 3 accomplished every NBA players' dream--the championship title. James had gotten the ring he had so long hoped for which basically forced him to make one of the most controversial moves ever in NBA history.
Now, the moral of the story is, championship teams are not made over night.
Just the simple fact that the Oklahoma City Thunder are not in the top five of the Western Conference shouldn't necessarily surprise anyone.
Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony are all undeniably incredibly talented players. They each have their own style and specialize in different things. However, there is such thing as too much fire power. As in, there's just too much star power on this team.
"What about the Warriors? The Cavaliers?" What you fail to realize, if you were to say this, is that these teams have been doing this for so long. Every member of these teams have found out what their roles are on the team and have adjusted accordingly. This also took some time.
"What about the Houston Rockets? They added Chris Paul just this season and they're one of the contenders in the Western Conference?" What you fail to realize, if you were to say this, is that this team has their star player and his supporting role players. Paul has always been a great teammate--probably one of the best teammates in NBA history. He just fits so perfectly into this mix.
The situation we have in OKC is that Russ, PG and Melo are all such ball dominant players. They all crave the ball in their hands and of course they want to dish it out to one another, but the chemistry doesn't just click automatically. With some teams it might, but not all teams. OKC happens to not be that team.
The media needs to stop overreacting and jumping to conclusions because, honestly, that's not going to help the Thunder get any better.