Re: Stern to blame
posted at 10/30/2011 8:41 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Stern to blame
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Stern to blame : Red - help me understand. Are you saying " Here is a team that drafted him, coached him, coddled him, made him the face of their franchise, gave him two max contracts...........so shoot me for thinking THEY should have SOME say in where they want to trade him!! " and that this team should have permanent rights over him? At what point does his time there where he drew in fans, sold tickets with his great play, won games for them, and time with the franchise eventually earn him free agency? I'm glad Lebron left Cleveland and Melo left Denver. Players should have an obligation for some number of years to be with the team that drafted them and they must stay put.....but not forever. At some time, they should have the right to leave that team if that team doesn't fit their skills and desires to win and etc. I don't care if its 5 years or 8 years, but once they are a free agent, they should have the right to negotiate with other teams. That's fair to both sides as both sides get something
. Lastly, why is basketball any different than any other pro league? Free agents exist in baseball, football, etc. They should exist in Basketball, as well.
Posted by Celtsfan4life[/QUOTE]
So, what did CLE get when MeBron signed with MIA? Answer - nothing! How is that fair to CLE? In baseball, you get draft picks, in football you get draft picks, in basketball you get nothing..........I never said there were no free agents in basketball, I said the system as it is favors the players in basketball, unlike the other pro sports teams,
Lastly, I have no idea why you're coming down on ME......I'm just repeating what I have read. Are the small market owners (DEN, CLE, etc.) the ones taking a hard line here? Yes, the reason - the system favors the big markets. How can you be competitive when your best players are allowed to leave and you have NO chance at retaining them and you get NO compensation? Sorry to tell you that your personal views do not factor into this, nor do mine, I'm just repeating the facts for people who want and expect basketball this year!