12.09.2011

NBA Gets One Right, Rejects Paul Trade

I understand why an elite athlete would want to join a couple other elite athletes in order to form a super team. I get that in a perfect world have a team of more elite players than the other team should mean that it would be easier to win a championship. Afterall, everybody wants to win a championship. After seeing what LeBron James and Chris Bosh did last offseason by joining Dwayne Wade on the Miami Heat, it was nice to see the NBA reject a deal that would have send coveted guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.

According to the source, the proposed trade would have sent Paul to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Rockets and furnished New Orleans with three top-flight NBA players in Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Lamar Odom as well as playoff-tested guard Goran Dragic and a 2012 first-round pick that Houston had acquired from the Knicks.

It would have been quite a player swap, but it would have been bad for the NBA. Every team needs a star and a supporting cast. This trade would have taken a star away from a team and added him to another team that already has a star. Like Miami found out last year, this doesn't always mean immediate success. The Heat had a good season and made the NBA Finals. They ended up losing to the Dallas Mavericks, but all in all, it was a good season. Who knows how long James, Wade and Bosh will end up playing together. Their salaries make it hard to build a supporting cast around them and unless they win now, there isn't much loyalty to the team. What ever happened to the days where a player stuck with a team and tried to bring a championship to the team that was loyal to him? James was close in Cleveland, but turned his back on them in order to find an easy fix.

While there is no guarantee that joining a proven winner will mean that the team will continue to win. It's all about chemistry. It's about time the league stepped in and took a hard stance against the video game like team building that has slowly been taking place.

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