Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:19 am
But that's exactly why teams don't give them up. It's why Cleveland was so heartbroken about losing LeBron for nothing more than a steaming pile of imagination. There are literally 4 teams, year in and year out, that get superstar treatment. Firstly, Los Angeles (the Lakers) and New York, cause they're the biggest markets and Stern is a whore. Chicago and Boston usually get pretty good treatment too. And now Miami has it because they stock-piled superstars.
I believe Dallas would have it, if Cuban played ball with these assh*les... and, for a while there, he did, but whenever the deck is stacked against him, he has no problem calling them on it. You'd think the San Francisco Bay Area would be a large enough market to get favorable treatment, but it seems that the Warriors are being lumped in with the Oakland crowd who typically gets zero respect from their leagues (ie, the A's and Raiders). It'll be interesting to see how the whistles change in 2017 after the Warriors go from Oakland to SF.
And its no coincidence that perennial middle-ground losers are typically smaller market teams. Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Portland, Indianapolis, Charlotte, even San Antonio BD (Before Duncan). A smaller market team needs to literally hit the drafting jackpot and acquire a full squad of quality free agents on the cheap and undervalued draft picks who turn out to be great in order to establish a generational run amongst the big boys. Oklahoma City is on that ride, San Antonio is coming off of theirs. Before that, Sacramento had a little 3 or 4 year run at it. Indiana broke through just before Reggie retired and was returned to mediocrity the second he went out. Milwaukee has been crap since Jabbar left, Minnesota wasted KG's hall-of-fame career, the Bullets/Wizards haven't been sh*t since the 70's, the Nuggets never get to the Finals, the Hawks have been mostly trash in the post-Nique era, the Cav's are the most disgraceful franchise besides the Clippers of the past 40 years... and, notice, a lot of those teams had a pretty fair level of success (San Antonio, Milwaukee, Washington, Denver, Indiana) BEFORE Stern took office.
It's really disgraceful, what this guy has done to our sport.
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