Originally written on Five Tool Tool  |  Last updated 11/11/14
Teammates? I meant to comment on this in the last series, but I forgot the point; a sign that was seen in the Pacers' crowd, "Built, Not Bought." The conceit being that Indiana was in some way superior, perhaps on a moral or ethical level, because the franchise constructed the team in a traditional fashion, rather than the star political work that united Chris Bosh and LeBron James with Dwyane Wade. Now, let's leave aside the absurdity of the statement -- that how a team's roster is constructed, in a team with a pretty strong salary cap, is more or less ethical than any other -- and just go with the meat of the complaint. To wit, that the way that star players are more or less building their own franchises, in a conspiratorial fashion, is a new and unwelcome method of building a team, since it basically favors the rich getting richer, and attractive NBA cities (those would be the ones with better weather and state income tax situations) are going to always crush less advantaged cit...
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