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Free Agents, Unite! Why D-Wade's Summit Is Pointless

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John SmithContributor IJune 3, 2010

LeBron James.  Dwyane Wade.  Chris Bosh. Amar’e Stoudemire. 

Some of the most powerful players in basketball (and Joe Johnson) uniting under one roof to fight evil and bring justice to the NBA.

This thing is a joke.

What exactly is the point of this?  Dwyane Wade’s proposed free agent “summit”, which has already come under fire from both the league and basketball analysts, seems to be nothing short of an elitist movement by NBA all-stars.

At least five players gathering to do what?  Establish their superiority to the rest of the league?

All this can be is D-Wade and others banding together to say, “Hey, we’re better than the rest of you.”

The New York Knicks are the only team with enough cap space to sign two of these players, so unless Wade has formulated a plot to overthrown David Stern and create some kind of super team, this is just a gigantic waste of time.

LeBron James said it would be good to “get together and talk about how to improve the league.”

Allen Iverson has eloquently suggested multiple times that he can’t make his teammates better by practicing, so how exactly will a group of players talking improve the league? It won’t.

In fact, it can only hurt the league.  This assembly of A-list stars (and Joe Johnson) is merely about self-improvement.  How can we get on better teams?  How can we get bigger contracts?

Instead of bettering the league, these guys would be bettering themselves, and undermining the players’ union in the process.

There is already a union consisting of all the players. D-Wade and his friends creating their own mini-union would be like a slap in the face to the rest of league.

This isn’t G20.  You aren’t helping the world.  You aren’t even helping the NBA.  So it is time to put an end to the talks of a big free agent sleepover, a new Justice League, an international gathering of leaders…whatever this thing is, just stop.

And besides, Wade is contradicting his own idea by inviting Joe Johnson to this thing.  Sure, Johnson’s a great shooter and does a lot of things well on the court, but ultimately he is just a very good player.  This is supposed to be for the best players.

This is yet another reason why the free agent summit is an absolute disgrace.  It’s bad for the league.  It makes the players look selfish.  And after all, it is utterly pointless in the first place.

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