Honoring the Contract and the Team
What the hell is it with professional athletes and crying about how piss poor their teams are, demanding trades, not honoring contracts, dragging out re-signs, etc.?
I'm tired of it and to be honest, it's only going to get worse.
Take the latest news from the NBA for example and no, we're not talking about LeBron James for once. This time we're talking about Carmelo Anthony and how his days in Denver might be numbered.
Anthony is weighing whether to sign a three-year, $65 million extension offered by the Nuggets. His dilemma, league sources say, is what affords him the best chance of continuing his career elsewhere. Anthony could sign with Denver and convince the team to then trade him. His other option would be to not sign the extension, thereby forcing the team to move him rather than risk losing him next summer as a free agent.The all-star hasn't decided when he'll make his decision, but there are indications that he's leaving at some point — including a unnamed ESPN source that said, "he's going to make it real clear that he's not coming back."
Really? Real clear? What the heck does that mean? Is he going to have a 30 minute special on ESPN like LeBron? Maybe a massive billboard campaign?
If you read the rest of the ESPN story, you'll get a glimpse of the background story and the pressure that's being put on him to leave by his peers.
My beef is this...yea, he might leave the Nuggets, but shouldn't he finish out his contract first? Don't go yapping about your feelings and what you're thinking while you're still UNDER contract. Don't listen to the morons who are trying to get you to play with them for selfish reasons. Honor the paper you signed. Honor the team you currently play for.
Yes, the NBA is a business, but it doesn't mean that you should go and toy around with a franchise that has supported you since you came into the league. Play it out and see where things go. Then, if by the end of the year, the team is not in a winning position and you're a free agent, then explore your options. Is that so hard?