Hey NBA guys: Live with the consequences of your decision
Here’s one to gnaw on.
You’re hearing a lot, and are going to hear more, about this NBA player and that NBA player and this other NBA player – mostly high-profile guys, it would appear – at least investigating the chance to play somewhere in Europe now that there seems to be no way out of a long, stupid, season-threatening lockout.
I think this week I read that Kevin Durant may go somewhere, saw something yesterday about Matt Bonner and the NBL Canada team in Halifax and another item that Tiago Splitter’s going to Valencia.
There are certain to be more as the days unfold, more players of varied talents exploring options.
It’s wrong. Bad moves all around.
Now, forget the message this sends to the other NBA players. You know, the message that says:
“Hey, I’m going to get mine because I can, best of luck to my union brethren, I’m with you to a point and we all need to share the pain but a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do and, frankly, I’m looking after myself and screw you.”
That’s bad. Has been bad for anyone who’s gone to Europe already armed with a contract “out” already, those who were willing to take care of themselves rather than stand with the guys who he shares a union bond with.
Consider the other side?
What’s the message sent to the poor schmoe who just lost his job. The guy in Europe, where rosters are already set for this season with firm limits on the number of non-Euro-passport-carrying players each team can have? Or the guy in Canada who now has to go home and tells his family:
“Well, I was professional basketball player for a while and was doing okay until this NBA guy – you know, a guy who has a guaranteed seven-figure contract to go back to as soon as everyone comes to their senses, decided he wanted to play and our ownership fawned over him and saw dollar signs and decided marketing is more important than loyalty.”
Guys making, relatively, a pittance who might or might not get another chance could very well be denied a career because someone with a high profile wanted get a run in, as long as he was able to escape the minute the NBA came calling.
NBA players -- for good or for bad – have decided as a group to turn down a contract offer and let lawyers and judges help determine when they will work again.
It was a conscious decision taken for whatever reason, hopefully after careful thought and consideration. And there are consequences to every decision we make, one of them shouldn’t be to take the job of a guy already working because you don’t want to do yours.
Sorry. This is nothing personal but it’s wrong. Let the guys who are playing make a living.
One day, we jokingly suggest Super Dog might be less, um, energetic than you’d like.
Next day, she’s at the desk hour early clamouring for the morning constitutional and I can dutifully report it’s chilly about 5:20 a.m.
Maybe she’s brighter than I thought.
A Where Are They Now?
Well, if you go deep into the annals of HOTH lore and care about Quincy Douby …
You give a guy a little time on the couch in a late afternoon with the clicker and nothing to do and who knows what he might find.
This, my good people, was a vastly under-rated TV show, wasn’t it?
At some point, doing Six Degrees of Separation from this cast would be a classic exercise.
If Americans own Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, will that satisfy those among you who think Americans don’t care about the HOTH?
Look, I have no particular issue with the passports of the people at the top; American, Irish, Slovenian, Japanese, Brazilian.
If they can afford it and want to run it and seem at least a wee tiny bit committed to giving the men who run their sports franchises the money and support needed to put a winner out there, who really cares?
The whole MLSEL monolith is far more than sports, anyway. It’s condos and restaurants and land deals and television networks and any manner of big business. Of course, that may be the biggest obstacle to sporting success, the attention paid to other endeavours, but that’s a chat for another day.
If these dudes our paper wrote about yesterday have deep enough pockets to make it work, good luck to ‘em.
Look at it this way:
There isn’t a long and storied level of success with the thing being run by Canadians, is there?
I tell ya, you live in Hazelville and magic happens.
Poof. Leaves gone!
Okay, seriously, how ridiculous is this?
This whole banning of balls in a schoolyard story would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious.
I’m all for safety, it’s a good thing, don’t get me wrong, but there is just something about not letting kids play with or exercise with soccer balls or basketballs or whatever that strikes me as the wrong message.
Are we worried as a society about the lack of physical exercise our kids get? Don’t we want them out in the fresh air doing things to be fit rather than standing around or sitting in front of some TV or computer screen playing games? Isn’t childhood obesity a growing blight? Doesn’t play time outside help?
Shouldn’t we actually be encouraging them – through increased supervision, more playtime, more freedom to move and do as they please within reason – rather than taking things away from them?
Weird. Odd. Wrong.
Good on the kids for complaining about it.
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