NBA Superstars Behaving Badly: Why Chris Paul, Dwight Howard Won't Super-Team
The 2010-11 NBA season marks the continental shift of Supermen to Super-teams like never seen before.
First, there was the formation of Miami Thrice as LeBron James and Chris Bosh migrated south, leaving both the cities of Cleveland and Toronto in disarray and creating a lightning rod of controversy.
Then there was the nomadic movement eastward starting with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer and ending with Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams, leaving Utah, Phoenix and Denver in rebuilding mode.
The talent drain from the Western Conference has strengthened the otherwise perennially weak Eastern Conference, and now all of a sudden, Miami and Chicago have joined Boston as elite NBA cities, with New York and Orlando a heartbeat behind.
But out of all these migrating birds, the three that utilized classless tactics while jumping ship were LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony.
The negative domino effect of bad behavior that has been put into motion by these three stooges in particular has included the hijacking of an entire city, and Denver fans were not amused.
In the fray, there are two supermen left standing on their original teams and poised to take flight, as vultures from NYC to L.A. eagerly plot to rip Chris Paul from his Hornets nest and Dwight Howard from his Magic Kingdom.
Should superstars be allowed to pick their own teams?
For reasons that are obvious, both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard give L.A. and NYC the added piece of an elite PG or center that would simply make them better.
Such a move would devastate basketball in Orlando and New Orleans and further ridicule the concept of drafting talent to make teams better—a model that seems to work very well for the likes of the Chicago Bulls, but they have become the exception to the rule.
For reasons that should be clear and that border on ethics for the many rather than greed for the few, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard will not be landing in NYC or L.A anytime soon.
Their last best chance to do so was before this season’s trade deadline.
So what happens now?
The league has received a major black eye this season and has become known as the league that allows their rich, elite and uneducated athletes to force their selfish agendas on everyone else, including the majority of their less-talented colleagues.
The NBA must clean house by addressing the problem of its out of control superstars, because they are becoming an increasing liability.
This year, the absence of important checks and balances in the system have been alarmingly exposed.
Should another Carmelo Anhony type hijacking of a city be prevented at all costs?
For those stars who believe they are the center of the universe, it’s not about little Joey in Cleveland who had a poster of King James above his bed, or about little Lisa in Toronto who had a Barbie Bosh doll instead.
And what has happened to that popular “NBA Cares” slogan? It’s been replaced with a new more fitting one entitled, "Me, Myself and I," but only through contraction by subtraction of course.
So when the league and the player's union get together this summer, there will be several issues on the table as they come to terms with a new collective bargaining agreement.
Major changes will be made to prevent another catastrophic exodus of the likes seen this season that allowed supermen to pick their own super teams.
And at front stage, center will be none other than Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, the next two super-team fiascoes that must be prevented at all costs.
The NBA will implement damage control measures, because in the end, these uneducated players know nothing of what makes a capitalistic society go round. They don’t understand the first thing about important concepts and disciplines such as customer relations, business management or public relations.
And it’s probably the reason that 60 percent of these multi-millionaires go bankrupt within five years of their retirement, according to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article.
Should the league impose a hard salary cap?
Possible NBA solutions include removing the words guaranteed and no trade clause from player contracts to ensure that players do not become dictators the way Carmelo Anthony did in Denver.
But the most important change will involve restriction measures that will prevent super-friends from creating their own super-teams.
Other solutions include implementing the franchise tag on elite players in the same manner that NFL teams use to protect their top players.
The implementation of stronger salary cap constraints that prevent super cities from taking their neighbors' talent in times of free agency will also be addressed. This will ensure that if Howard or Paul are looking for a superstar payout, they won’t get it in L.A. or NYC.
A hard “salary cap” will most likely be considered especially when the marginal discrepancy between the highest and lowest salary teams is in the tens of millions of dollars.
It’s comparable to the farce of Formula One racing, where Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari was over 100 horsepower more than the competition.
In the end, it’s not about them, it’s about you and me—the people who live stress-filled lives and need our sports and entertainment to escape from the harsh world of reality.
So whether we’re studying for that next important exam or working overtime to make ends meet, we need our time to relax and distress.
For the majority of NBA fans, the show must go on.
And that can’t happen when our superstars are behaving badly by forcing a contraction by subtraction NBA.
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