Originally posted by Method:
While I would still love Chris Paul on the Warriors... following all this Chris Paul stuff has helped me realize...
All these huge NBA "superstars" are all complete grade-A Douchebags. No lie. These guys are completely illogical in their thought processes. They ask for trades from the team that drafted them and then when another team is offering a great trade for said player, he says he probably won't sign an extension. What the f**k? What a bunch of f**king a*****es. This has happened with too many of these players for me to think it's just a one-time thing. I lost a lot of respect for these guys over these weeks.
On the other hand though, Stephen Curry has kept saying all the right things. This guy really knows how to act and keeps impressing me thoroughly. Love it. I'll definitely miss him if we trade him for Paul.
And yes. I know it's a business. But c'mon. There has to be something said for being classy and responsible... right? Or should they always look out for number one?
It's because they know they have all the leverage in the world.
I mean, superstars can basically pick their destination the way the league is currently set up. Step 1: Demand a trade from your team. Step 2: Refuse to sign an extension with a team that you don't want to play for until your team gives up and trades you to the team that you do want to play for.
And this is not football or baseball. In football or baseball, having one elite superstar does not guarantee you anything. Without having a good overall team, you won't win a damn thing. So superstars have less leverage.
In the NBA, Lebron James is the difference between making the Cavs an NBA Finals contender and the worst team in the league. That is how much impact a superstar has in the NBA.
Also, the days of Isiah and Jordan hating each other to their very core are over. Every single NBA superstar is friends with every other NBA superstar. There are no real rivalries left in the NBA, except maybe a brief Celtics-Lakers rivalry in the past reignited in the past five years.
And now all these entitled s**ts want to pair up on one team so that they can play with their buddies and have less pressure on themselves to succeed.
This is why I was rooting for the owners to crush the players in the lockout negotiations. I was dissatisfied overall by the result even though the owners are considered to have won the lockout. I want non-guaranteed contracts and franchise tags dammit.
The NBA needs to stop promoting this illusion of competitive balance. They need to contract the league to 24 teams and spread around the talent from those contracted teams to help balance the disparity of talent created by these superstar teams.
[ Edited by crzy on Dec 8, 2011 at 6:17 AM ]