September 20, 2011
Another day into the NBA lockout and it's going to take a miracle to get the season started. I still don't know many details regarding the lockout and I follow sports. These guys aren't doing a good job of keeping us informed are they? I saw a link to a report earlier about the NBA's worst teams and I thought 'I don't need to read that.'
I mean you have the elite teams the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic. You have the up and coming teams like the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the New York Knicks. Then of course you have the garbage teams pretty much everyone else. Now a report on the worst contracts in the NBA is worth reading. These guys are a huge reason the owners want change in the NBA. (The salaries appearing in paranthesis are years and money left on player's contract.)
The Houston Rockets' Hasheem Thabeet. (1 Year $5.1 Million) Dude was the #2 overall draft pick in 2009 to the Memphis Grizzlies who sent him down to the D League and then traded him to Houston.
The Boston Celtics' Jermaine O'Neal. (1 Year $6.2 million) He played in 24 games last year for Boston and he's a shell of his former self. Both his knees are shot and with Shaq and Perkins gone, the team is going to really need him but he probably won't be very productive.
The Detroit Pistons' Richard Hamilton. (2 Years $25.3 million) Head coach John Kuester benched Hamilton for much of January because the two didn't get along and probably because Hamilton's shooting percentage plummeted. At least he's got his ring.
Golden State's Andris Biedrins (3 Years $27 million) Someone should tell Golden State that sizes doesn't always matter as evidenced in the 7 foot Biedrins who only averages 5 points and makes only 32% of his free throws. He is collecting a nice check though.
The Denver Nuggets' Al Harrington (4 Years $27.5 million) Remember how long it took Denver to trade Carmelo Anthony? That's because they were trying to unload Harrington as well but no one wanted him or his contract so Denver is stuck with him.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' Baron Davis (2 Years $28.8 million) Cleveland won the NBA draft lottery when they got #1 draft pick Kyrie Irving. This makes Davis expendable but what team is going to want an aging, out of shape player with that pricey contract? Exactly.
Charlotte Bobcats' Tyrus Thomas (4 Years $33.4 million) The 24 year old could be a powerful force if he wasn't always injured. For that kind of money 10 points and 5 rebounds isn't good enough. How bad do you think Michael Jordan wants to come down from the front office and throw on a jersey and start playing, hell he did it before with the Wizards...don't get any ideas Mike!
The Dallas Mavericks' Brendan Haywood (4 Years 34.9 million) Dallas is your defending NBA champions and Haywood was on the bench for much of that title run. Tyson Chandler came up big for the Mavs against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. The only problem is Haywood's contract is going to make it difficult to sign Chandler once the lockout is over.
Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer (4 Years $60.6 million) Boozer was a beast in the regular season averaging 17.5 points and 9.6 rebounds. Too bad he disappeared in the playoffs offering little help to Derrick Rose. Boozer often got benched in the playoffs.
Orlando Magic's Gilbert Arenas (3 Years $62.4 million) Remember I said the Orlando Magic were an elite team? I may have to recant that as the star player Dwight Howard might be leaving, the team has several other players with bloated contracts, and Arenas' knees are basically shot. Dude's no where near as explosive as he was with the Washington Wizards.
Who takes the #1 spot? That goes to the Atlanta Hawks' Joe Johnson (5 Years $107.3 million) The Hawks wanted to keep Johnson so badly at the end of his contract that the grossly overpaid him to stay. Granted he is a good player and right now it's not so bad but that's going to be fun in the 2015-2016 season when they're paying the 35 year old $25 million!
Why are the owners mad at the players? They should be mad at the general managers that they hire and the front offices they hire to run their day to day operations. I know that some of these contracts are because the player's agent negotiated a great deal for the player but come on. Players should get paid for their performance and remember these are guaranteed contracts, meaning if you get injured you still get paid. In the NFL if you get injured you're screwed and maybe out of a job just ask David Garrard.