NBA players like Nicolas Batum of Portland Trailblazers, Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets, and Omer Asik of the Chicago Bulls all received contract extensions stretching from 3-years and $25.1 million up to 4-years and $61 millions. No wonder why NBA fans are asking why this past summer NBA lockout had to happen.
NBA owners are first to yell they aren’t making money. Well with deals like that I can clearly see why they are not. However, after a second glance at the new CBA contacts like the one Brook Lopez received aren’t the problem. It was those maximum contracts; players received and not live up to.
The new CBA is working for at least one big spenders like the New York Knicks, who opt not to match the offer sheet (3-years $25million…$15million in the last year) from the Houston Rockets for raising star Jeremy Lin. Before this new CBA I’m sure the Knicks would have match it without question. Now only if teams like the Milwaukee Bucks can find a way to sign a ‘big name’ free agent to make them more competitive, I’ll love this new CBA even more.
At the end of the day, fans want to see improvement in competition and owners want to see profit. Can both things happen? I know only a small percent of teams should think championship or failure, but am I asking too much for teams to think of a winning season or playoffs year in and year out?
Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Mean you will have Success.