July 1, 2010

As of 12:00 AM on July 1 the biggest media/free-agent frenzy in NBA started. Multiple teams flew all over the country to meet with players such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amar'e Stoudemire, and others to try and and coax them to come play ball in their city. Team officials for the Knicks, Heat, Cavaliers, and others waisted no time in doing this either as team officials started meeting with players as soon as the clock struck midnight to see if they could see their team to maybe the most talented free agent class of all time. Topping the list was maybe the medias favorite athlete, LeBron James. I guess you could James the ring leader in all this talk about one team clearing enough cap room to have a "super team" which is where a team could possibly sign 2-3 max dollar free agents to come play for their team to fill up the payroll, and forming a "super team" The teams that have the best chance in doing this are the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and New Jersey Nets.
What Does All of That Mean?
If one team managed to combine the likes of Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh, they would assume to be unbeatable. Just the mindset going into to that game for the opposing team couldn't be very good knowing that 2-3 future hall-of-famers would be playing against you that night. The only problem is that this a long shot from happening. As fans, myself in particular, I think it would be awesome to see a super team form in the NBA, and see if anyone could possibly match up to them. Only problem is that my dream comes shooting back down to reality, where egos and money play a major role in teams across the league. James, Wade, and Bosh are all used to being 'the guy' on their respected teams, and if you put all of them together, there might be a battle of egos to be 'the guy' on their current team. Another setback would be money. How much am I making, and how much is everyone else making. Along with being the guy on their respected teams, James, Wade, and Bosh also make max dollars on their contracts with their current teams, meaning that they are by far the highest paid player in their locker rooms. If these players were to team up, some, if not all, would be taking less money, and be looking across the locker room the locker room wondering why they are making money than they are. It is sad to see when players only care about the money sometimes. Sure, you can come out and say that all you want is to win a championship, and you will do whatever it takes to get there. Whatever it takes huh? Hitting the weights, and working on your speed is very important for yourself and your team, but will you take a pay cut and allow your team to add another star player? Of course not. Its a shame you will only be making $80 million instead of $116 million. I can't imagine living on $80 million, I might have to sell one of my multi million dollar cars, or maybe not take the private jet as much as I would like. But sadly, in this day and age, all some players think about is the money and that is disappointing.
Biggest Reason For Players Staying Put
I have a hypothetical situation for the readers. OK, so say you have lived in the same town your whole life, it is where all your childhood memories are, and you are just accustomed to everything that goes on in your city and you have a good daily routine that you enjoy doing. You have a good job in that city, and the people around seem to really like you. One day, you hear that you have an offer from another job in another city for a little more money. So, naturally you go and tell your boss, and your boss counters with an even higher offer for you that the other company can come nowhere near to matching. Now, why would you take the other job? You enjoy your life plenty where you live now, and you even get offered more money to stay there. But then you start to think of the lust to go to another city just to try something new. Maybe it is a bigger city, or just a place that had always interested you. This is basically what LeBron James is going through in the city of Cleveland right now. Everything he has always known is in Cleveland, and now cities like New york, New Jersey, Chicago, and Miami (I'll stop the list there, because I don't feel like naming the rest of the teams in the league) are trying to draw him away from his hometown offering him a very nice salary. While Cleveland, on the other hand, has offered LeBron the most money that any team can offer him to stay in his hometown. In all honesty, I think LeBron should stay in Cleveland. He is so loved in that city, and he is already revered as a hero in Cleveland. Any other city he goes to will have big expectations, and every year without a championship will be a failure. In cities like New York, if he is not performing he will be hated. He will only be loved for as long as he performs, and if he doesn't perform he will find out that this new city doesn't love him as much as his hometown in Cleveland who have been holding rallies every day in hopes to keep LeBron in aspirations that he will lead the Cavaliers to a championship, and if the LeBron never brings multiple championships to Cleveland, he will always be Cleveland's favorite son, and will forever be loved in that city.
Closing Notes
In conclusion, I don't see LeBron James leaving Cleveland, it will be a long shot for Dwyane Wade to leave Miami, Chris Bosh will leave Toronto, but who knows for where. It is disappointing that we will not see the likes of a "super team" emerge in the NBA, but while in the shadows of greed and egos, maybe some players will show loyalty to their fans who on the edge of their seats living and dying on every word of where their superstar will go, praying that no news is good news and he will stay in their hometown another year to try and bring a championship to their city. The 1st of July at 12:00 AM brought many questions to the whole world of sports regarding free agents in the NBA, maybe by 12:00AM July 8th (when players can start signing contracts) we will finally start having some answers.

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