Contraction in the NBA : Good or Bad?

Frankie AnetzbergerContributor IIOctober 27, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 25: Jose Calderon #8 of the Toronto Raptors sits on the bench during their loss to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on March 25, 2011 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Among the notably confused NBA players, Derrick Rose chimed in the other day to the Associated Press claiming the NBA should eliminate the salary cap.

“I wish it was back like in the old days where there wasn’t a cap. Back in the day, they were giving guys coming out of college multimillion-dollar contracts, so why stop it now? The game is growing.”

Listen Derrick, if the NBA were to eliminate the salary cap we would have something along the lines of five Miami Heats and the rest of the league would suffer mightily. Yeah that sounds great in Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles (Lakers) and Orlando, but the competition would be so uneven that certain teams would suffer greatly. The salary cap for the 2010-11 season was $58.044 million and continue to grow annually.

In all honesty, I believe some of these players play strictly for the money. I’m not questioning Rose’s love for the game, but I feel like it can become a trap shortly after receiving that first check. You start rolling around in a Lambo, the V.I.P. section of the club becomes your second home and shortly after you forget why you loved the game.

It’s certainly a trap, I’ve seen it happen with many players. And truly I thought the lockout would open up the eyes of some of these players. And I’m also not saying this is entirely the players fault. Both sides are to blame for this. The one thing that aggravates me the most is the meetings. If both sides were as far apart as we were told, then why weren't the two sides having 9-10 hour meetings this summer?

To me, it just screams “selfish,” insisting that a salary cap isn’t necessary which brings me to my biggest point.


I hate to say this because I have some friends in the Toronto area and I covered the Raptors for a while. I love their fan base and I think the city has a lot to offer. However if there were two teams I was willing to eliminate, Toronto would be right up there alongside Minnesota.

The NBA should make a rule limiting the amount of first picks in the draft over a certain amount of time. Toronto has had ample opportunities to succeed and continues to fail. Players aren’t willing to play there, and the team suffers because of that.

Mike and Mike on ESPN Radio had an interesting point a while back. It is almost impossible to become a star in Toronto playing basketball, and that is very hard to dispute. Without a doubt, Vince Carter was the most popular thing to ever come out of Toronto, basketball-wise. He bounced, then you had Bosh come through and ended the same. You can’t help but imagine what could have happened if Carter or Bosh had the success they did on another team in America.

We innately discredit the Raptors, even though they are just as a part of the NBA as any other team is. But you rarely see them on T.V. and you’ll briefly remember them on SportsCenter for losing by double-digits. One of the things I remember vividly about the Raptors is that they were the team that allowed Kobe Bryant to score 81 points in a single game.

In a way I feel bad because they don’t get the coverage and optimism that other teams get, but honestly, is Toronto helping the NBA in any way?

I always refer to them as the NBA’s European scout team. It is a way for international players to test their game and see if it’s compatible. Because without a doubt, it seems there will always be at least four or more international players on the squad and I’m not sure if that’s because they are north of the border or not.

Sorry Toronto, but you gotta go.