There is money being paid in rubles to Mrs. Kirelenko. He wants to play for the
Oligarch. It can only help his post basketball life.
I just hate how so much is weighted in favor of the big market teams. It's
just an unfair advantage that players will take big pay cuts to play there while
small market teams are brushed off even after offering more money. Karl Malone
was unique in that he liked hunting and driving trucks over the big city life
and we were lucky to get an all star like him to stay here in Utah. It also
helped to have at the same time the best point guard in the world playing in
Utah and Stockton absolutely hates the lime light, which makes him a perfect fit
for Utah. Another legend, Dr. J, actually has a house in St.George and maybe the
Jazz could recruit him to help convince some of these young black athletes to
make a career in Utah. In St.George you can't swing a dead cat without
hitting a white Mormon and yet Dr. J still likes it there.
Brookly Nets is not a Big Market team. They just have a billionaire fronting the
Dr. J has a house in St. George? Does Sir Charles have one in Orem?
I'm pretty sure New York City is a big market. Most likely, there's a
wink-wink nudge-nudge going on here.
@joryI don't know how big "Brookly" is, but Brooklyn is sure
a big market. At least the schools I went to taught me that.
Western Conference teams in the last two NBA Finals, OKC and San Antonio.
Neither is a big market team. And Indiana was in the Eastern Conference finals
this year.The new CBA, with its Draconian luxury tax and revenue
sharing is small market friendly.Good management and coaching,
having a plan and sticking to it, smart drafting, and not overpaying for free
agents all have more to do with success than does the size of the market.The Knicks, Nets and Clippers have all proven the truth of that premise.
He owed the jazz. He should send some money back or play for less in slc.
Americanvet - You've repeated a common myth. I'm not sure how things
are "weighted" to the large-market teams, implying a systemic bias or
conspiracy. A player voluntarily taking a pay cut to go to another team has
nothing to do with "big-city bias" or whatever you want to call it. Same
with Miami . . the best player in the world wanted to live by the beach. What
are you gonna do?San Antonio has been the most successful franchise
of the past 15 years. Detroit won a title not too long ago. As for the
"big" cities, Boston traded its way to a few glory years, but before
that they went through an awful stretch. The Knicks have been spotty at best for
my entire adult life, and the Nets have been nearly invisible forever, even
after their most recent finals apperances.I have never heard someone
logically defend the unfairness of "big city" bias. Players typically
like to play in large markets. That's never going to change.
Article quote: "Money shouldn't be a problem for Kirilenko, who earned
$86 million in the final six years of his decade stay in Utah. He made $10
million in Minnesota last season after a year away from the NBA during the
2011-12 lockout."Holy cow. $96 MILLION in just THOSE 7
seasons?That's insane.I should have practiced my
foul shots more as a kid.....
AmericanvetI'm pretty sure Dr J sold his St. George home a
couple years ago.
@SlopJ30Your last sentence said it all. Players like to play in big
market cities. Why, because those cities get all the press and the players in
those cities have access to big endorsement deals that are not often offered to
players in small markets. That's my whole point. That's why players
will take salary cuts to play in those markets and that is the unfair
advantage.That said, it does not guarantee those teams will win as
pointed out in other comments. San Antonio has had tremendous success that
started when the lucked out in the lottery and grabbed Duncan. This was after
they drafted David Robinson and had the best front court in the NBA. Players for
the Spurs have remained loyal just like Stockton and Malone were in Utah, I
think largely because they have the best coach in the business. OKC has built
through smart draft picks but already lost Harden to a big market team. The Jazz
need to build through the draft like OKC, and they have had a nice start.
The Nets will be right there with the Pacers and the Heat in the Eastern
Conference and no doubt will contend for a NBA championship. That is the way to
build a winner unlike what is happening in SLC regarding the Jazz's future.
D-Will always said the Jazz never made any "moves," but in this NBA off
season no team made better additions to their roster than did New Jersey, and it
will pay off with playoff wins.
Brooklyn is a terribly mismanaged team. Dspite all of the good moves on paper I
give it 2 years before Deron asks to be traded. I'm predicting Jason Kidd
won't even make it through the season as coach.
Tanking for Wiggins and Parker will win a championship faster than adding
mediocre free agents. Why pay for Guys like OJ mayo or Jose Calderon who
can't even help their teams wins?
Is my memory fuzzy or do I recall something about DWill NOT liking to play with
AK-47 while they were both here? Should be interesting......
Undoubtedly Andrei just got paid the difference in rubles from some oil
exploration deal via some shell corporation in Siberia.Clearly the
Nets are taking the shotgun approach. Just buy whatever is available and see
what comes of it. Still have to have chemistry which they don't so we will
see if this works or not.
I thought Gerald Wallace went to Boston.