Chris Bosh remembers the first time they were all NBA teammates.

This was before Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade joined the Miami Heat. Before they were dubbed nicknames ranging from "The Heatles" to the "The Big Three." Before the three consecutive trips to the Finals and back-to-back titles.

No, the first time they shared the court together was the 2006 All-Star Game. It was in Houston, Bosh's home state. He was giddy as ever, in just his third season.

"I don't know if LeBron remembers but we rode in the same car over to the gym," Bosh recalled recently. "I wasn't as outspoken then as I am now. I didn't talk to him at all."

How things have changed over the years.

The trio has gone from the young kids at All-Star Weekend to the Uncle Drews, the aging basketball-playing character made famous by first-time participant Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. They will engage in much more conversation this weekend in New Orleans now they have been here four times as teammates.

It will be more about just enjoying experiences away from the court than trying to build their brand.

No longer are the prizes of the 2003 Draft Class the future. They are the present, prepping to become the past.

They have replaced the likes of Tim Duncan, Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett as the veterans.