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Westbrook, Rose and Love talked teaming up

Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:52 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 7:28 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Super trios are all the rage in basketball these days. Or at least the idea of forming one is. And I guess the place to hatch the plan is overseas.

That's rumored to be where Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James decided to come together back in 2008. During the Beijing Olympic games, the three made a pact to join forces. And according to a story from Sports Illustrated, three other young stars talked about doing something similar in Turkey during the World Championships.

Kevin Love told that he's discussed playing with Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose at some point in their careers. Love said, "We all talk about playing together. It's fun to talk about. When the time comes, we'll assess the situation and figure it out."

All three are eligible for long-term extensions this summer. Maybe they plan on doing the same thing Bosh, Wade and LeBron did when they all added in a player option on the fifth year so that way they can opt out and look for the best situation.

Obviously all three teams the players play for now will absolutely look to lock them up for a good while. For a time, Love's future in Minnesota looked uncertain, but according to the SI story, Love will be in line for a max extension. Rose will likely garner one as well. And with the way Westbrook is playing, he might be getting the big payday too.

But what if they are really serious about playing together? Like Love alluded to, when will that time come? Westbrook and Love are former teammates, having played together at UCLA where they went to a Final Four. Rose is one of Westbrook's very good friends and evidently good pals with Love too.

The first question is, could Westbrook and Rose actually play together? It's really not that much different from Wade and LeBron honestly, except that Westbrook is five inches shorter than LeBron. But really, Westbrook is almost the same player except a little smaller and technically he plays a different position. Rose is similar to Wade except that he plays point guard. It might take some work but that would be about as fast and dynamic a backcourt as you'll ever see.

And of course then add in Kevin Love who is probably every bit as good as Bosh and you've got quite the core. Maybe it's not as super as the group in Miami but in five years? Westbrook, Love and Rose might be as equally household superstar names as Wade, Bosh and LeBron.

It's unlikely there's a fit for all three to join up, but Love and Westbrook could realistically pair up, most likely with the Thunder. Oklahoma City has some cap space coming up and with the uncertain situation of Jeff Green, there could be an opportunity there to snag Love.

But that, or the combination of the three, is of course is a long way off from happening. And there's a darn good chance it never actually comes to fruition. Love was probably just talking -- as he tends to do -- and said how the three discussed how fun it would be. Right now Westbrook and Rose are in pretty good situations themselves so I'm sure they are thinking about any kind of ultimate trio at this point.

However, just for kicks let's assume that Oklahoma City is the "South Beach" all these guys take their talents to. Love, Westbrook, Rose and Kevin Durant? That would be an okay team I think.


Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:52 am

Westbrook, Rose and Love talked teaming up

When Lefag signed with the miami hype, a reporter asked D Rose about someday leaving Chicago to form his own superteam and he said, "I ain't ever leaving Chicago"...then a long pause followed by him saying...."NEVER"! 

If somehow someday these guys play together, and that is a big IF, it would have to be in Chicago.  Although with there skill-sets, I dont think that Rose and Westbrook would be a good match.

Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2011 4:53 am

Westbrook, Rose and Love talked teaming up

dude its not just funny its freaking hilarious... my my Long Island was even full of D-bags in the Great Gatsby... my how things have changed.....

This entire story is the stupidest thing I've ever read.... seriously D-rose leaving Chicago... yeah right...  sure sure... we have a real hard time keeping our superstars in this town.........

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:08 am

Westbrook, Rose and Love talked teaming up

Wow, a Long Islander calling Chicago a cesspool.  That's pretty funny.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:54 pm

Westbrook, Rose and Love talked teaming up

So Rose is looking to leave that cess pool called Chicago, smart move...

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:42 pm

Westbrook, Rose and Love talked teaming up

To say "Love is probably every bit as good as Bosh" is an understatement. I don't think there's anyone who wouldn't rather have Love than Bosh. Despite not being overly physically imposing, he's putting up routine rebound stats like nobody this generation. The kid is an absolute beast.

Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:24 pm

Westbrook, Rose and Love talked teaming up

A player like Love is exactly what the Thunder is missing. Durant/Westbrook/Love = the team to beat in the West.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:23 pm

Westbrook, Rose and Love talked teaming up

D-Rose is going to be wearing #1 for the Bulls for years to come. Maybe his whole career. Although I would like to see Love and Westbrook in a Bull uniform, it isn't gonna happen. These guys would love for it to happen, but it's not really feasible. Dream on Love!! Butterbean will be the only Love in Chi-Town!

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:16 pm

Westbrook, Rose and Love talked teaming up

Westbrook/Durant/Love would be better.

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