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Bosh: Lockout is NBA's revenge for Big 3, Melo

Posted on: November 16, 2011 7:33 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 12:03 am
Posted by Ben Golliverchris-bosh-250

During the ongoing NBA lockout there is plenty of blame to go around, but very few people who are willing to accept it.

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh is used to being criticized, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that he is one of a very few major figures in professional basketball to admit that his actions played a key role in the current labor impasse.

Bosh, who left the Toronto Raptors to join Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in Miami during the summer of 2010, told the Sun-Sentinel that he believes the hard-line stances taken by owners during the current collective bargaining agreement negotiations are motivated in part by the Big 3 teaming up.
He said it would not be a stretch to believe the Heat's signing of himself, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in the 2010 offseason contributed to the league's belief that the work rules had to change.

"I think so," he said.

But he said efforts to block such an approach are misguided.

"I mean, if you look at the free agents coming up in the same situations, with Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, they can control their own fate," he said. "They have the power to control that and I think that's a great thing. In any job you want freedom to negotiate.

"With us doing what we did, and Carmelo going to the Knicks, I think that has a lot to do with it. Hopefully we can keep that and guys can come and go and make the deal that's best for them and their family."
Is Bosh correct? Definitely.

If there's one mantra that has been preached by the NBA throughout the negotiations, it's competitive balance. What could be more of a competitive imbalance than three All-Stars agreeing to join together to form a superteam core and then actively recruiting role players to produce a perennial title contender in the NBA's most desireable market? Pretty much nothing.

Same thing goes for the New York Knicks. What could be worse for competitive balance than Amar'e Stoudemire heading to the Big Apple, followed in short order by Carmelo Anthony forcing his way there during a midseason trade, with buddy Chris Paul just biding his time, waiting for his opportunity to hop on?

What's more, such talent consolidation only exacerbates the inherent monetary benefits that go with being in large or desireable markets. If an entire generation of superstars wielded its power to determine where they played as successfully as James, Bosh and Anthony, there is little doubt the gap between the NBA's haves and the have-nots would increase.

Examining the NBA's most recent proposal, it's clear that the owners have taken a number of steps to help incumbent teams keep their stars and to create an environment in which those teams, stars in hand, will be able to build around them. Severe luxury tax penalties, a severe restriction on the mid-level exception for tax payers, shorter contract lengths and continued Bird Rights all combine to limit a player's options in free agency and tip the balance towards the home team. Players could still leave once they hit unrestricted free agency, of course, but they would take a bigger hit, relatively, than they did in the old agreement.

The upside, the league would argue, is that their incumbent teams would be better able to compete for talent to build around the stars because they wouldn't be tied up by as many burdensome, useless contracts and there wouldn't be high-end competition from luxury tax payers for free agents. Most everyone concedes that there aren't enough stars to go around to ensure total parity in the NBA, but the league's proposal would appear to take meaningful steps in that direction.

Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Obviously that depends on your point of view. For Bosh, or fans of his star-laden team, the NBA's proposal would represent a major step back. Disgruntled fans of the Raptors and Cavaliers, though, might have a different opinion. One thing is for sure: If everyone involved in the labor negotiations was as honest and willing to implicate themselves as Bosh was here, the negotiations would be in a far better place.

Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:18 am

Bosh: Lockout is NBA's revenge for Big 3, Melo

There are not 30 superstars at any one time in the NBA...probably about thinking any changes somehow get 30 stars on each team will never be achieved

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:01 pm

Bosh: Lockout is NBA's revenge for Big 3, Melo

For those who agree with Bosh that players should have the freedom to play where they want, with whomever they want, then let's be honest: contract the league to 8 teams: that is the 120 best players, take the other 24 teams, make them D League teams: charge $20 per ticket and fill your boots because $20 is all that most NBA teams are worth due to all the stars playing on the same teams. The problem is that the big 3 only opened up pandora's box. This is only the beginning. Within 5 years, there will be no superstars on 24 NBA teams. They will all be on the same 6-8 teams. As far as ratings, yes the ratings and fortunes of a handful of teams will continue to rise. The other teams will continue the downward spiral in attendance until the teams are not viable.

So this is an important fight. It is about balancing rights of individuals with the rights of teams that cost hundreds of millions per franchise but for many teams, without the substance of a pro team. It is reasonable that any league will have superstars spread around the league- thus salaries must allow teams to compete for the services of the best. Each team should have room for one or two max players then move down from there.

We need superstars in Milwaukee, Charlotte, with the Clippers. If this is not going to happen, fold the franchises. The current situation will make for a powerful NBA- made up of a half dozen teams.

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 4:10 pm

Bosh: Lockout is NBA's revenge for Big 3, Melo

I disagree.  Revenge, really?  LOL.   If these had brains, and ditched the AGENTS, they would be much beter off.  Enjoy the off time fellows.
You aren't missed & maybe you can become the next squad for the GlobeTrotters.  AKA trot you butts over seas to play your "game".

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:30 pm

Bosh: Lockout is NBA's revenge for Big 3, Melo

I am all for players having the right to negotiate their own terms and have the freedom to decide where they play. The flaw in this type of system is when you have 3-4 stacked teams while the rest of the league is the Washington Generals the majority of fan bases will no longer care.  The league can't survive on 3 superteams and the rest of the league is simply there for them to beat up on.  If that continues league attendance will drop in the other 25+ cities.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:35 pm

Bosh: Lockout is NBA's revenge for Big 3, Melo

Business isn't about revenge, it's all about PROFIT. 

Investors losing money, will stop investing...they have other options.  Players have no contracts if their aren't owners and a league willing to employ them, so they have fewer options.

The NBA lost 9 figures per year since the last CBA, when players had the most freedom, and the most money they've ever had. Not suprisingly, allowing players with business interests or skills, to lead the financial and system issues of the NBA, didn't turn out to be good turned out to be a defacto shakedown by the players on their employers, and their fans.  

Hey- the NBA tried it the players way, and it didn't work. The owners fault ? Absolutley. But no one can deny them the right to CORRECT their mistake, and stay in business...and the only way the NBA can do that is get what the players demanded- guaranteed profit, and a system that protects their best interests.

There is no profit shared or otherwise with 22 NBA teams losing money, and couldn't bring in enough revenue to pay what players demand with only 7-8 teams. Both sides- profitable and currently unprofitable teams need each other. So do players and the NBA. 

There has been far too much wasted talk about pride, principle, greed, blood, racism and revenge...these aren't issues that have anything to do with the issues causing the business conflict causing work stoppage. They are only distractions to resolution of the business issues.    

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:28 pm

Bosh: Lockout is NBA's revenge for Big 3, Melo

Bosh quit in Toronto, James quit in Cleveland.  Each player had a "injury" that prevented the player to do his best.  I am laughing now because if the lockout continues (I hope) and the season is cancelled.

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:22 pm

Bosh: Lockout is NBA's revenge for Big 3, Melo

one more thing to note.
bosh over-estimates himself.
LoL @ him. 
he is nothing more than a side-kick role player on a good team. 

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:21 pm

Bosh: Lockout is NBA's revenge for Big 3, Melo

Wow a lot of you posters don't follow basketball. Someone said Wade and James did squat??? Wade is the reason the Heat made it to the Finals. Bosh was irrelevant throughout the season and he was throwing up bricks throughout the playoffs causing Lebron to get less looks. Lebrons disappearance was because of Bosh ballhogging and the Heat lost the NBA Finals because Bosh wouldn't pass the dam ball. Bosh did well in some games during the playoffs, but he played the largest role in the Heat losing. Wade is the only reason why the Heat made it to the Finals and Lebron for them making it to the playoffs.

As for all the "oh you should have went to Chicago" complaints. Hey Chicago had 3 power fowards that rank among the top 10 in the NBA. What the hell do you need 4 for? They had a cinderella season and got lucky to get out the first round. Get over it.

The NBA of old had super teams. The NBA of now should have super teams. What the NBA now has is a lack of talent since they started recruiting over seas. The talent pool is dried up, because people are gaining more interest in the NFL and MLB now than the NBA. The NBA is falling in ratings because people are sick of corrupt referees and the Gambino mafia family having so much influence over the results of games and the management of the league. Its ridiculous. The NBA needs to go away. Start a new league and boot out half the owners and all the referees.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:13 am

Bosh: Lockout is NBA's revenge for Big 3, Melo

Probably just one of many reasons for the lockout.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:45 am

Bosh: Lockout is NBA's revenge for Big 3, Melo

I think the NBA has to do something about restricting player's colluding to form super teams.  Otherwise, we will have a handful of haves and a whole lot of have nots who are failing.  Parity is why the NFL is so successful.  The NBA was going down a road that would have led to the demise of half the league.  There is no easy solution here, but for the money these players are getting, I wouldn't mind having restrictions on free agent movement.  Perhaps they should sign me instead of complainers like Bosh.  What do you think? 

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