Money money money – why so much?

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ca. 2006 --- LeBron James --- Image by © Anthony Mandler/Corbis Outline In the sports world, one thing is inevitable. Contracts. And contracts lead to agents. And agents lead to money. And to play, there is no way out.

And I think that’s fine. That’s completely normal. For any real job, you sign a contract. But here’s what I don’t get.

LeBron James for the next six years will get a total of roughly 110 million dollars. If I got 150,000 dollars a year in savings after tax, I would need to work 122 years to get it. And if I wanted Pujols money? That’s 169 years. Although it’s really nothing when you are immortal.

So why do we think having a player play a game well is worth 150,000 dollars after getting a hit? I simply don’t get why we have to pay these players so much money!

If the sports world was up to me, I would change a lot of things. (BCS, Playoff formats, money, BCS, BCS, BCS, BCS – did I mention BCS?) But this is the second most puzzling to me. I just can’t grasp how a player could be worth so much money (like A-Rod, and 29 million a year) for playing a game?

Playing a game is tough. It takes a toll on you and your body. But throwing a ball into a net is worth that much? I just don’t get it.

 

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Time to say goodbye, Dwight

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Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.
– Vince Lombardi

Which is the opposite of what’s happening in Orlando right about now.

It always happens. You just never expect it. Every star will make a mistake. And get traded. But why worry about that – stars are stars, and they’re perfect, right?

Not really.

Dwight Howard was the poster boy for the stars that were the opposite of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ron Artest kind of players. The not mean, not fighters, not money obsessed, not letting down their home, not tattooed from head to toe kind of players you see in the NBA.

Past tense. Was.

Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy are in warfare, although nobody really knows what for, or why. Oddly enough, Shaq had a similar problem with the same guy – but he turned out fine.

I personally think a trade is in order for Dwight Howard. Blaming the players is a fair thing to do, until the players continue to lose. Plus, with all the focus on this, he’ll be unable to succeed next year in Orlando. Also, he has a little too much pressure on him – he needs to go somewhere with another team leader, where he can shine quietly, and even though his totals are great, the others – not so much. DC and New Jersey would seem like teams with the money and interest to take him, but it’s a bad place to put him in, where he’s expected to be incredible.

I think Dwight Howard to Memphis is what is best for everyone. Memphis could send Tony Allen, Marreesse Speights and a draft pick for Dwight Howard. These two would make Dwight’s presence equal , except more balanced out – you can’t have 4 other starters only getting half of what one starter is getting. Dwight Howard would be good in Memphis because the rebounds, points, and assists are taken off of his back, and while Jameer Nelson will be missed, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will take care of that.

Dwight Howard may be having problems, but all of that can be changed with a signature.

 

Don’t be too sure about the Heat…

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Okay, remember this?

Now, remember this?

Remember this?

Seems familiar, doesn’t it? Well, the first part does. The Heat are rocking and rolling, dunking, winning, and just seeming like a good team. And then. After doing well in the beginning, they choke at the end. Muff it up. Miss the shot. Ouch.

Right now, the Heat are being lead by James and Wade, winning and overpowering all competition. They look to be a clear contender for the championship, right? And I get that. They have what it takes – at the moment.

Have you ever noticed LeBron James is incredible in the regular season, but he scores around five points less in the playoffs, as well as around 2 more assists in the regular season. You are supposed to get better in the playoffs if you are an MVP. Not worse.

Since he doesn’t, like truly great players do, he will be beaten by Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Tebow…. just joking on that last one, but he will get beaten, and he will lose if he can’t change it, since he is basically 33% of the team.

But can he?