The phrase The Big Three is commonplace in the modern NBA. If a team doesn’t have a big three, you better believe they are trying to convince you they do. I can’t blame teams for applying this model- for the most part it works really well.
For most people that look at basketball prior to the 2007-2008 season, the phrase The Big Three immediately harkens the Bird-McHale-Parish Celtics to mind, and with good reason- the were really, really, really good at basketball.
The Big Three method of basketball always works until it does not. Depending on who you ask, it is always best to break the band up when you can get the most value to ensure the future of the franchise. Current president of basketball operations Danny Ainge subscribes to this theory and had he been in charge in the 1980’s, probably would have traded away Boston’s championship core as soon as it made basketball sense.
One-third of the original Big Three and now coach of the Houston Rockets, Kevin McHale, opene...