nate33 wrote: TGW wrote:
DCZards wrote:Really. With all that Lebron has done to raise the character, profile and social responsibility/consciousness of the NBA you have a problem with this petty stuff.
Unwarranted ring!! Lebron has earned every championship that he has with this talent, preparation and hard play.
Super team? Did you have a problem when Ray Allen and KG joined Pierce in Boston in 2007-08 to win a championship? That "super team" was before Lebron joined forces with Wade and Bosh in Miami.
King James deserves credit, not blame, for being the face of the NBA in the "modern era." He's one of the main reasons that the NBA has grown significantly in popularity in recent years, especially among young folks.
Yes. Lebron is a lame, and has destroyed parity in the NBA. The only chance non-Lebron teams have of competing is by forming their own superteams to combat him. The NBA has done a terrible job stopping the collusion between players, and they have not done anything to correct the situation.
I mean, Davis just gave back a $4MM bonus that Lebron is just going to repay him through a movie deal. Epitome of cheap.
I don't think it's unfair or a corruption of the sport to build a very good team through the draft and then acquire one big time free agent. The Warriors did that. The Celtics did that. Even Cleveland did that. I don't think anything is wrong with that. It's just good management.
What bugs me is when a team just clears a ton of cap room and then convinces multiple mercenary superstars to join them. What Lebron did in Miami and what he is doing now in LA feels like a perversion of the system. It requires no talent evaluation, no player development, no development of a team culture. It's just buying a title.
There is irony in all of this. For decades, in all sports, before free agency, teams could stockpile talent, pay them dirt (by comparison to others) and keep them forever.
Then free agency pitted owners against each other to bid for the best players---swelling salaries to astronomical, sometimes comical (see Harrison Barnes getting a $90 million contract, or Otto becoming a max player) levels.
Now, finally, superstar players have wrested the horns of free agency to completely alter the competitive landscape.
But, don't worry, gambling is coming. We already have fantasy teams and we don't have to be fans of any organization, just individual players. Heck, we even root against our fave teams if it benefits our fantasy squad. And, gambling will make it sooooo much better.
I need a drink