Thursday, July 21, 2011

8 Reasons Why There Will Be No NBA This Year

Stern has his work cut out for him.
The main two reasons that the National Basketball Association is poor: (1) teams pay way too much money for average to below average big men and (2) guaranteed contracts.  Don't believe me?  I bet you didn't know that Sacramento Kings center Samuel Dalembert gets paid more than Steve Nash, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Jason Terry, Danny Granger, and Rajon Rondo.  Or that former New York Knicks free agent bust Jerome James was traded to the Chicago Bulls two years ago, was waived without ever playing a game for them, but collected over six million dollars in each of the past two seasons!  If NBA owners and commissioner David Stern don't come up with something to figure this out, the league as we know it is in deep trouble.  Check out this list of player salaries compared to their production during those same years.

Jermaine O'Neal, 2009-2010 Miami Heat - $23M/ 13.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg
Jerome James, 2008-2010 Chicago Bulls - $12.8M/ did not play
Etan Thomas, 2006-2009 Washington Wizards - $19.1M/ 4.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg
DeSagana Diop, 2009-2011 Charlotte Bobcats - $12.5M/ 1.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Joel Przybilla, 2008-2010 Portland Trail Blazers - $13.1M/ 4.8 ppg, 6 rpg
Michael Redd, 2008-2011 Milwaukee Bucks - $51.1M/ 12.5 ppg (61 GP)
Dan Gadzuric, 2009-2011 Golden State Warriors/ New Jersey Nets - $14M/ 2.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Rashard Lewis, 2009-2011 Orlando Magic/ Washington Wizards - $38.4M/ 12.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg

*salary info courtesy of

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