No Lockout Had LeBron, Melo Stayed Put?
Championships are the problem. What I mean by that is, so much is placed on winning a title. It’s like you can’t have a great career without winning one.
They’re looking at the careers of (Karl) Malone, (Charles) Barkley, (John) Stockton, (Reggie) Miller and others who represent the greatest players this league has ever seen, and noticing an irremovable stain that’s attached to their legacy forever — never winning the big one.
This generation of players like Carmelo (Anthony), LeBron (James), and Chris Bosh are willing to take that PR hit in ditching their squads to sign with other stars in order to get a step closer to that ultimate prize.
Players want the current system to remain somewhat intact. They want teams like the Lakers or Heat to have the option if they want to sign a high-profile player and go over the luxury tax, which is not fair because most teams don’t have that option because they can’t afford it. If superstars aren’t willing to stick it out with their current teams, then a change has to be made.
“If LeBron stayed in Cleveland, Melo stayed in Denver, and Bosh stayed in Toronto, we probably wouldn’t be having this lockout or it would have been lifted by now,” a league executive told CSNNW.com