Kobe Bryant Thinks We Should Feel Sorry For NBA Players, They Have No Freedom
Poor, poor NBA basketball players. When is anything ever going to go their way? Case in point: here’s Kobe Bryant, responding to a statement that NBA players – Carmelo Anthony, for example – are able to control their destiny as to where they are going to play.
How is he controlling his destiny?” Bryant said when asked whether Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony is able to control his destiny on where he might be dealt by the Feb. 24 trade deadline. “No, you’re seeing the power of the league controlling the players and not having the freedom to be able to move wherever they want. Free agency isn’t free agency anymore. It’s just not. It’s the reverse.
“It’s not the same. Free agency is not free agency. Players go other places, you take a significant pay cut to go play someplace else. You get less years and all sorts of stuff. It’s not the same as free agency like when Shaquille was a free agent. … That was true free agency. You could go to whatever team of your choice and have a similar contract and similar structure.”
Jeez Louise, I don’t how these NBA players do it, getting up every day, wearily shuffling out to their fleet of luxury automobiles and dragging their sorry, underappreciated butts to work every day. Of course, I’m oversimplifying the issues at hand. And granted, Kobe brings up some legitimate arguments (and continued to do so, which are further quoted in the Fanhouse column), but these athletes have to be careful in the way they frame their arguments and the context in which they bring them. Otherwise, they come across simply as whiners who don’t understand how good they got it.
With that in said, allow me to get back into sarcastic mode:
(channels Mr. Pink, rubs thumb and index finger together)
Do you know what this is? It’s the world’s smallest violin playing just for the NBA players.
Kobe Bryant: Players No Longer Control Their Own Destiny [Fanhouse]