The Miami Heat have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The Spurs have dominated for years with the trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
Now the Memphis Grizzlies, who traded their leading scorer in January, have surged into their first Western Conference finals behind a very unlikely Big Three of their own.
Marc Gasol still is Pau's little brother to some. Memphis thought about trading guard Mike Conley, the son of a track star, early in his career. And Memphis is Zach Randolph's fourth NBA team.
Conley said Friday the three all worked harder after Rudy Gay was traded, knowing they had to step up to get to where they wanted.
The Grizzlies play the Spurs in Game 1 on Sunday in San Antonio.