It was clear from the start, having a one-hour nationally televised program dedicated for an NBA player to declare which team he will play for next season will be a bad idea. It will affect the millions of fans of the team, it will affect the league’s reputation, but you did not expect it to affect the other players in the league.
After James, you might have seen several different star players ask to be traded and not just a normal trade, but to a specific destination. Whether it was using talking to sources close to the team, talking to their own team directly or just flat out making it public, the players are putting them in position to run the league.
Carmelo Anthony saw the other three stars from the 2003 draft class got together, so you knew he had to do something drastic to be on a winning team. He got the Denver Nuggets front office to work on a deal to move to New York and play with the Knicks. Not only was he going to be playing in one of the biggest markets in all of sports, but he would be playing with a star big man in Amar’e Stoudemire.
If you think that was an unclassy move, what about former Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams? He was reportedly getting into big conflicts with the hall of fame coach Jerry Sloan. Disrespecting a coach in any way is not the type of move you want from your star player, especially if the coach has been coaching that team since you were just starting out as a player.
With all the problems in the Jazz situation, Williams got traded to the New Jersey Nets, a team that will plan to move to Brooklyn soon and is expected to be another big-time media spot. Although that is the case, the Nets themselves currently do not have the pieces to be a championship contender. This brings up the big question, will Williams walk away after the season, ask for a trade prior to the deadline or tough it out and try to build a contender with the Nets?
With the way the NBA is today do not be surprised to see him wearing a different team’s jersey by next season. That is however, only if the Nets do not get a star player, say, Dwight Howard.
Howard has had tons of rumors speculating where he is going to be traded. Places like Los Angeles, New Jersey, Golden State and others have been named for a while. Dwight will basically pick where he wants to play, and that most likely looks like it will be alongside Kobe if the Magic like the pieces the Lakers offer.
What was the outcome?
A trade veto from David Stern. If this hadn't occurred he would be playing for the “A” Los Angeles team right now.
You can think all of these situations must be bad and a headache for fans of the teams and the front office. You can also think a player can do something like this if he has at least a good resume in the NBA, but you should not expect it from a player that has not even been in the league more than three seasons and just turned the legal age to drink.
Sacramento Kings player DeMarcus Cousins has demanded a trade and the season is not even at its halfway point yet.
You can slightly expect this from the star players. When a player of Cousins' stature does this you know the league is going to be in trouble. Having players dictate where they play and build “superstar” teams can be a big concern in the NBA in the near future if this continues.
It can also bring you back to the whole LeBron “Decision” fiasco. Is the fact that James got media attention and formed a team led by three stars the reason for the league turning like this?
The fact of the matter is, the Heat have yet to win a title with LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. If they win the title like they are expected to this year, you can expect the players to control where they play for a while to come.
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