For those who missed it, I wrote a post on the main FanSided page about proposed changes for the NBA’s Salary Cap Rules. Here’s the intro:
Last week Kobe Bryant signed a three-year extension for around $85 million. As with most NBA contracts, the amount increases each year. Unlike most NBA contracts, it’s gonna give him over $30 mill when he’s 34. That’s an age when most athletic perimeter players experience a sharp decline in effectiveness. Lakerland may be thrilled about it today, but will they still be in 2013 when he may be reduced to playing turnstile defense like Derek Fisher? (Of course by then Fisher’s corpse will need to be rolled onto the court and placed near the basket in hope that his stationary body can still draw fouls.) I mean just today the Lakers announced that the Kobster would miss the last two games due to injury, so surely if age doesn’t catch up to him, injuries will, right?
Okay, history has taught us never to bet against the Black Mamba, but Kobe’s always been the exception, not the rule. The sad story of the NBA over the last two decades has been that of overpaid players whose salaries cripple their teams. Sometimes it’s the team’s own darn fault for making such a dumb deal (see Jerome James getting $30 million after one good round in the playoffs despite being a 30 year-old who averaged 4 points). Sometimes the player gets injured (see Tracy McGrady or actually pretty much all the players listed in my recent Fall Of Shame post). Sometimes the deal was dumb AND the player gets injured (see Eddy Curry and Allan Houston — can ya tell I’m a Knicks’ fan?).
Now I don’t mind that billionaire owners get stuck having to pay extra millions, but with the NBA’s salary cap it’s the fans who get screwed hardest ‘cuz we can’t get new good players in until we get rid of these old lemons. How can we fix things? Actually, the league’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) ends shortly, so here are some amendments to future player contracts that they should consider: