Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Miami, Dallas, LA, & Boston have won championships in the last few years as well. I'm not sure what your point is.
DAL, LA, and BOS are large markets with large revenue streams and those teams spent dearly for those chips (more than $80million dollars on a $58 million soft cap system?). MIA came in under the cap initially($65 million after they filled out roster but lost to an $85 million DAL team in finals). As their contracts escalate, they will pay dearly also starting this year ($82 million). Fortunately for them, they have lebron, and as a result they have just signed a very lucrative TV deal(approx $250 mil) of their own to account for this new luxury tax. The heat were underspending for 2 to 3 years straight to prepare for the free agent bonanza of summer 2010. The miami market is a mid size market but has the weather advantage as well a a wealthy owner and Pat Riley, so they too are a premier destination as a result. Right now the same teams eat first in the big markets NYC(knicks nets) and LA(lakers clips) and now MIA because they have Lebron then u have CHI DAL then everyone else. These players today want the off court endorsement deals that they seen Michael get rich from with lesser talent so they flock to the big markets to compensate for it. Lebron, however was making dough in CLE but he could not recruit others to come with him. The Lakers don't have this problem due to the aforementioned advantages as well as a superior track record of success that players can believe in. No knock on lakers or any other chronic winner but the NBA does need a hard cap to give everyone a punchers chance. Obviously players will always flock to NY and LA because heck I would too all things even but right now players can march onto a team already outspending everyone through certain loopholes and still find a way to get top dollar. Now if a player wants to take a paycut to go to a big spender, more power to them, but to have your cake (overspending team of choice) and eat it too (max salary) is not something that a rival GM of a smaller market, lesser resources, and from a less accomplished team could compete with. Now some players want to win and others get paid but u should not b able to join an overspending winning team and still get paid max salary. If that is the case then Lebron was right in that the league should go down to only 12 teams or so because other fan bases are just buying fool's gold thinking their teams will be anything other than farm systems for the major squads