Grantland: NBA's double standard
Old 07-09-2014, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Miami Heat and the NBA?s Double Standard of ?Sacrifice?

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In a time of hushed meetings and amorphous potential offers, the Rockets have transformed a thought exercise into a real thing by presenting Chris Bosh a concrete choice: take a pay cut to stay in Miami, or earn your full maximum salary over a four-year deal in Houston.It’s not quite the ideal test case for a new collective bargaining agreement designed with perhaps one*eye on engineering “competitive balance” by making it harder for teams to retain superstar clusters.

Adam Silver trumpeted that catchphrase every chance he got during the 2011 lockout, but the league’s primary goal during that torturous offseason was to transfer cash from players to owners.Silver is sincere in his desire for greater parity, and the easiest path to achieving it*is to prevent in-their-prime superstars from teaming up.

The new CBA attempted to do that by installing a super-harsh luxury tax. Spend a lot on players, and you’re going to face a crippling tax penalty that gets more severe as you add payroll. Superstars are expensive to sign and even more expensive to keep; the tax was crafted to make the “keeping” part prohibitive.But that’s only part of the story. The league also beefed up that tax so more money would flow from big-spending teams to their (mostly) smaller-market brothers, who need those tax proceeds to pad their bottom lines. It is a revenue-sharing mechanism.

Any impact on competitive balance would be a happy ripple effect.If the NBA really wanted to blow apart superteams,*it would pitch extreme solutions*— a hard salary cap and the elimination of the ceiling on individual player salaries. But pushing for those changes might lead to another lockout and could produce unknown consequences that might sabotage the league’s goal of competitive balance.

The punitive tax hasn’t led to Silver’s “competitive balance,” but it has changed spending habits on the high end. Profitable juggernauts like the Lakers and Heat have made painful cost-cutting moves since the lockout. Even the Nets, who have spent as if their owner has no idea there are rules about spending, want to get under the tax for the 2015-16 season.The penny-pinching isn’t all about saving owners’ precious scratch.

There are basketball reasons for the frugality. As long as there is a salary cap limiting what teams can spend, there will be a real tension between players grabbing as much money as they can and their teams’ ability to sign as many quality players as possible.
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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that article seems to have no conclusion what so ever. Maybe i'm missing it though. Anyone see a conclusion there? A concluding thought? Or any real organized thought process?
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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that article seems to have no conclusion what so ever. Maybe i'm missing it though. Anyone see a conclusion there? A concluding thought? Or any real organized thought process?
I can't see any
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Written by an algorithm.

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Old 07-09-2014, 05:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Good post, long as hell, but a good read.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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that article seems to have no conclusion what so ever. Maybe i'm missing it though. Anyone see a conclusion there? A concluding thought? Or any real organized thought process?
The conclusion is the players can't win either way, in that if they choose the money, the fans will kill them for being money hungry assholes who don't care about winning, and if they choose to take a paycut to play on a contender, then they're disrespecting the spirit of compettition, all while the owners sit back and watch the cash roll in, and no one ever goes after them despite them possibly being a bigger problem overall than the players, especially when it comes to the CBA, which they clearly killed the players in during the last lockout. If the owners continue to choose to not pay the tax to have a better opportunity to win bigger, fans don't generally rebel versus them, and thus they get away with a lot more, whereas the players are put under the microscope for every decision they make.

Sorry for the run on sentence.

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Old 07-09-2014, 11:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Lowe could have used some editing there, but the thought process is pretty clear. It's a league that puts everything into selling star players that end up taking all the hits for their owners. The league is structured with more of a plantation mindset than we like to think. Sterling isn't the only asshole out there, and they all make out like bandits while we get caught up in all this drama. Lowe should have left it that and not rehashed the current drama so much, but that would have been some harsh editing. And nobody really wants to think about the owners really.

There was probably more than one run on sentence there. They should never be apologized for.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I posted it on the Bosh thread.
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