The Harm of Guaranteed Contracts
Kinda going off of what Dave posted over at Blazers Edge, but I just wanted to get my two cents in here...
Almost everything that's wrong with the NBA today can be traced directly back to guaranteed contracts and the sense of entitlement they bring about. Period. More and more of today's NBA players feel like they are entitled to everything. They have been brought up thinking they were the shit, and that the world was theirs to plunder and pillage. When they don't get their way or something doesn't go as planned, they pout. It is almost like everything has to operate according to their will, and that their every desire be fullfilled at any cost, because dammit they are an NBA superstar.
This shows up in many many places. For instance, when a player refuses to take two seconds of his time to sign an autograph for the 6 year old kid who's waited for hours with the dream of meeting his hero, only to be blown off by some ego-centric jock. Or when a certain unamed player ran right into a female friend of mine, knocking her cell phone out of her hands and on to the ground, only to just keep walking and pretend that the incident had never happened. Or the player who thinks that every room-service attendant is merely an outlet for his sexual desires. This list can go on forever, but you get the picture. It's sick really. Here you have players in situations where millions of people idolize them and would give anything to take their place even for one day, but yet they can't even be humble eough to even begin to acknowledge that. If it weren't for the fans, these players wouldn't even have their contracts because who do you think pays that money? It's the scrubs liek us, who go to the game wearing our player jerseys, buy concessions at outrageously inflated prices and cheer our hearts out simply because of our love of the game and our love for this team.
How does this relate to garunteed contracts you ask? It's simple. When a player has been raised to expect everything to be handed to him, and then comes to the NBA only to be paid millions of dollars regardless of his actions or performance, it onl;y amplifies his already over-inflated ego and sense of entitlement. These players literally think that they can do no wrong, and that they don't have to behave and act decently like the rest of us "commoners" without our guaranteed 86 million-dollar paychecks. This needs to change. Get rid of the guaranteed money, and make the players work hard for everything they earn. Teach them that the only way to get what they want is through hard work, hustle and sheer determination. If a player thinks that he is above everyone else, and doesn't have to be a "practice player" or is good enough to "take plays off", then cut him. Show him how the real world works. If a normal person slacks on the job or is an asshole, then they pay the consequences. Make it perfectly clear to all these athletes that if you don't give it your all, if you don't treat people with respect especially women, and if you don't make the most of this amazing opportunity you have been given, then you're gone. Sorry, but that's just how things go in the real world when you're just like everyone else.