Now that Carmelo Anthony is officially a New York Knick (as if there was ever any question) the pundits are front and center lamenting how these new athletes are killing the league by choosing to go play on superstar laden teams in glamorous cities. Oh spare me. Since I’ve been alive there have only been a few NBA champions. In the ’80s, there were the Lakers, Celtics, and 76ers. The ’90s brought us the Pistons, the Bulls dynasty (and a couple gift championships by the Rockets courtesy of Michael Jordan’s retirement) and the ’00s have had the Lakers, Spurs, Heat, and Celtics. That’s nine different teams in 30 years in a 30 team league. The NBA has always been made up of the haves and have nots.
So why now is there such uproar about supposed “super teams” made up of superstar players? Why wasn’t there similar disapproval when Red Auerbach, Jerry West, and Jerry Krause were building the best possible teams they could? Why now are we hearing that the “inmates are running the asylum” as Dick Vitale put it this morning on Mike and Mike. I think it’s because it’s the players that are taking their careers into their own hands. Last summer we lived through Lebron’s decision and this season has been almost completely overshadowed by Carmelo Anthony. Let’s look a little deeper. We now have young Black men making millions of dollars and dictating their own futures. We can’t have that now can we? Things were MUCH better when the owners were in the driver’s seat weren’t they? I mean then, everyone had a fair chance right? Don’t you remember all of those Golden State Warrior dynasties? What about the Indiana Pacers? Oh, that never happened and it never would have regardless of what Lebron and Carmelo chose to do.
While I don’t agree with the way Lebron and Carmelo held us all hostage waiting to figure out what they would do. I do believe they have every right to make those types of decisions for themselves and their careers. Everyone won’t be Tim Duncan and stay with their team from draft day to retirement. But every team won’t be as well managed as the Spurs either. Perhaps we should focus more on that, but then that would require the owners to take a hard look at themselves. We can’t have that now can we?