Originally posted by crzy:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
You know that there's nothing that requires owners to give out guaranteed contracts, right?
The current CBA is the deal that the owners wanted in '99. No one's forcing them to guarantee contracts or to grossly overpay players. Stop trying to save the poor owners from themselves.
The structure of the league prevents non-guaranteed contracts due to competition. A team that offers players non-guaranteed contracts would never be able to sign a player because their competition would offer guaranteed contracts. Case in point: Memphis tried that s**t on Xavier Henry and failed miserably.
4 teams have won 23 of the past 30 championships.
If the NBA wants to keep the current system in place, they should just end the charade and eliminate every single team except the Lakers, Heat, Bulls, Celtics, Spurs, and Knicks, etc.
Why not just make it an 8 team league, because the rest of the teams have no hope of competing anyways.
The structure of the league prevents non-guaranteed contracts due to "competition"? You mean one owner is willing to offer a more attractive deal to a prospective employee than another one is, therefore they're more likely to land a player? How exactly is that different than any other business or sport?
Every team has a chance for competing. The Warriors aren't perennial non-contenders because of some systemic issue, it's because they drafted Joe Smith when they had the chance to draft Kevin Garnett. It's because they drafted Todd Fuller when they had the chance to draft Kobe Bryant. It's because they sign or sign & trade for guys to contracts that are well beyond their actual value.
What systemic issue is there exactly? What strange idiosyncrasy allows teams like San Antonio and Oklahoma City to be competitive, but not other teams? I mean look at OKC...they tore it down to the ground after the '07 season, and it took them 3 seasons to become competitive, and a year later they look poised to be amongst the better teams in the league for quite a while now. And they're profitable too.
This isn't a systemic issue, it's a management competency issue. You can play in buttf**k, Idaho, but you can be a perennial contender that makes money if you run your team properly. No system can save you from yourself.