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Maloof bros or Tyreke Evans? Uhh...Ill take the Maloof's.
Look, let me make this lesson rather simple.
While the players boast in regards for their equal share of profiteering, one mighty rule of thumb is being ignored: they don't own anything.
Nor do the owners need to own them. This basic principle is the reason the "investor" is the only adequate owner of the league.
As much as the car lot owner loves to give bonuses to his hard-working car salesmen, at the end of the day, the cars on the lot, building and refrigerator full of Dom Perignon are all his.
With or without the salesmen, the dirty rich mogul remains steadfast in his own micro kingdom. Employees are not his life investments; they're leased, with a simple buy-out clause.
No matter how much the players try and weasel their way into unconditional contractual agreements, meaning long term contracts with no on-the-job stipulations, the owner will be the ultimate judges of that.
To put this into factual numbers, below is the list of the top 12 richest owners in the NBA. Let it be known that, for most of the NBA's economical Gods, the league is but a blight on their radar screen.
1. Paul Allen, Blazers, $16b
2. Mickey Arison, Heat, $5b
3. Bill Davidson, Pistons, $4b
4. Rick DeVos, Magic, $3.5b
5. Mark Cuban, Mavericks, $2.3b
6. Charles Dolan, Knicks, $2.3b
7. Glen Taylor, TWolves, $2.3b
8. Stan Kroenke, Nuggets, $2.1b
9. Herb Simon, Pacers, $1.2b
10. Dan Gilbert, Cavs, $1.1b
11. Michael Heisley, Grizzlies, $1b
12. Robert Johnson, Bobcats, $1b
The rest of the lower half average anywhere from $500 million to $1 billion. With that kind of net worth, walking from the investment of the NBA is not only possible, but damn well realistic.
The players, on the other hand, though extremely wealthy in their own right, average five to eight years in the NBA. Walking away is not only ludicrous, but without question idiotic, as they and their families are in need of league retirement, salaries, endorsements and further investments.
This is better put in visual terms.
If the NBA is a Monopoly board and the players are owners of league "properties," the owners are the overarching God of the game with the power to wrap it up and put it away.
Winning. Owners in a rout.