NBA players are living the life. For the majority of their careers, they get paid millions of dollars to do what they love more than anything else in the world. Sounds like the ideal job, right?
Many players have taken advantage of this opportunity, and have turned themselves into stars and legends. Players like Steve Nash, who is yet to win a title, have continuously given it their all, year after year, despite whatever situation they were in.
On the other hand, some players have notoriously built a name for themselves as the league's most greedy, and have given little effort once the cash is guaranteed.
Carmelo Anthony's greed began when he demanded a trade before last year's deadline, and only gave his team one place to look towards. Thankfully, the Nuggets were able to put together a deal in which they received a load of talent in return for their supposed "franchise player."
Now, in New York, Melo has increased his level of greed to an even higher level. He is highly regarded as one of the league's top players, yet he cannot pass nor play any defense.
Even worse, his level of talent has given Melo the idea that he can control all aspects of the New York Knicks' organization. He wasn't happy with the coaching staff, so he took action and forced Mike D'Antoni to resign. He even admitted to not trying while D'Antoni was running the team.
Anthony is making around $20 million per year, and yet this supposed All-Star wasn't trying his hardest daily. If this doesn't amount to being greedy, then I don't know what does.
Andray Blatche is the third highest-paid player in Washington, and with six years of experience, is still the most immature player in the league.
For a player with such high potential, the power forward has certainly dedicated his career to being a complete headcase. After making shots and staring down his coach, it is clear that everyone as a problem with Blatche.
Not only does his immaturity affect his off-the-court attitude, but on the court it has proved to be an even bigger problem. Blatche has reached the point where he just does not care anymore. New reports have surfaced saying that Blatche will not receive playing time until he works harder to get in shape.
Since being drafted in 2005, Blatche has proven to be a taker and not a giver, which lands him a spot amongst the most greedy players in the NBA.
Eddy Curry. Where do I begin? Before his remarkable weight loss this year, Curry was the most out-of-shape player in the league, and it wasn't even close.
He did not work hard on the court, and showed even less work ethic off the court, as he was unable for years to obtain a weight standard reasonable for the NBA. In his years with the Knicks, Curry found himself on the bench many times, due to his coach's complaints about his weight.
Now, in his latest NBA stint, Curry may have slimmed down, but did so too late. Ever since taking his talents to South Beach, Curry has become one of the league's least useful players.
His destination choice makes perfect sense as well. What more would you expect from a greedy player, than to join the team in which he can win a ring without even contributing?
Rashard Lewis is the most overpaid player in the league. He may even be the most overpaid person in the world.
Lewis makes more money than any other player in the league, with the exception of future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant. After signing a gigantic contract with the Magic in 2007, Lewis has shaped into one of the league's least efficient players.
His numbers have dropped slightly every year since signing the big deal, and this year, Lewis is averaging a mere 7.8 points a game.
I can't name any player in the league with stats like those who deserve to make $20 million this year.
When asked about his situation, Lewis defended himself, pointing the finger toward the Orlando front office who offered him the deal.
“I thought my agent did a good job of negotiating my contract, and at the time I was coming out of Seattle, averaging 23 points, playing well. It was perfect timing for me,” Lewis continued. “At the same time, I understand the owners don’t want to overpay players, but you’ve got to do better negotiating. Try your best to save money.”
He may be right, but if he's the second highest player in the league, he should at least be working harder than anyone else to prove that he is somewhat worth his while.
Lamar Odom was a very talented and respectable NBA player. As last year's recipient of the league's sixth man award, the nation was taken back when the power forward was sent to Dallas.
Apparently, the news flustered Odom a bit too. Since leaving Los Angeles, Odom has turned into an all-around nothing.
The two-time NBA champion clearly seems more interested in his acting career, and his stats have certainly shown this. Posting career lows in the rebounding and scoring columns, Odom has become more of a burden than an asset.
The Dallas fans have become annoyed with his dramatics, as he was greeted into last week's game against his former team by a round of boos.
Even his teammates have been irked with his situation, and they have every right to be. As the third-highest paid player on the team, it would be nice for him to become a little more efficient.