Has the NBA really changed?
Greg Oden wants to join the Heat. Well Greg, join the club (and it's a big club). Practically everyone in the league wants to join the Heat. (side note: please get healthy and stay healthy before asking to sign with a championship bound team).
Greg's interest got me thinking about this 'trend' of superstars getting together, and how this really wasn't the case back in the old days (late 90's early 2000's). I think everyone can agree that you found more well rounded teams back then, and players definitely weren't blatantly asking to sign with the 1 or 2 top teams in the league.
After looking at a list of recent NBA champions, you really have to question whether this trend of superstars coming together has come into effect yet. Miami proved that this strategy didn't work by losing to a more well rounded Mavs team last year.
Over the past 10 years the Lakers have won 3, Spurs 3, and Mavericks, Boston, Detroit, and Miami have each won 1 championship. Each of these teams was well rounded (of course they had superstars, but nothing close to the James-Wade-Bosh trio). A case can be made that Boston brought together superstars and won a championship, but keep in mind it wasn't KG from his MVP days and Ray Allen from his Seattle days.
After seeing that list you have to question whether a true superstar team (ie. Miami) is finally going to win a championship and prove this new 'trend' actually works. Or is a more well rounded team (ie. Spurs) going to win it all again.