So, Chris Paul, aka ‘CP3’ finally has a new home with the LA Clippers. After all that drama last week, it seems his marriage with the Hornets is finally over.
Now all eyes are on Dwight Howard. Dwight is saying that his trade request is still on the table, but General Manger Otis Smith is saying that trade talks could go on through the end of the season. Is he serious!?! These trades are more like bad divorces!
The NBA lockout has caused a shortened season and a more demanding schedule. It seems teams are more focused on getting the right players, getting rid of others, and creating the right formula to win the championship. However, like any marriage, what starts out good doesn’t always end that way.
Let’s take a look….
The rookies are like newlyweds, excited about the contract and ready to get into the action. It’s like a dream-come-true and what many have been waiting for their whole lives. They’re embraced by their new family, (team, coaches, owners, fans) and are seemingly ready to meet the challenges ahead to get the ultimate prize–that championship, (happily ever after).
The first few years are great. Then…it happens.
They don’t win. They lose. They lose again and especially when they’re in a small market team, they just don’t get the air play. Whose fault is it? If the rookie is producing, then maybe it’s the other guys. Or maybe the rookie isn’t a team player. The player is irritable. Rumors circulate of lockerroom arguments and near-fights. He gets frustrated and has a display of unsportsman-like conduct during a game, and the media is all over it. What’s wrong with him? What happened to the glory days? Where’s the love?
Or maybe he experiences some good years. They win some. They make the playoffs, but never quite get the ring. He not angry, but ready for a change. He’s free to make his own decisions. He’s a free agent.
Now he wants out….and there’s the rub.
The owner says no. The owner finds out that other teams are courting this star player and the owner is willing to grant the divorce under stipulations that the courting team doesn’t want to meet. The player talks with the team to negotiate a deal (settlement), and to top that, there’s salary caps, contract buy-outs, and now, in cases where the League (the court) has a hand in the marriage (owning the team)– it flat out shuts down any possible trade agreement it doesn’t agree with.
So what happens? Do you want a player to stay on a team he no longer wants to play with? What about the other players? What about the fans?
Like any divorce, things get messy and people get angry. The NBA is no different.
I believe Jalen Rose said it best when he said, “You can’t legislate free-agency.” Players and teams should be able to negotiate freely. Teams should be savvy during the draft and work to build a championship team.
We’re ready for this to be over. The lockout was too long and we’re ready to from some hoop action!
Besides, I’m overdue for my Charles Barkley fix on Thursday nights.