Re: Celtics, Lakers and the Modern NBA
posted at 8/25/2010 3:33 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Celtics, Lakers and the Modern NBA
[QUOTE]No doubt money has changed things. I live in NYC where Walt Frazier does the color for Knick games. Frazier often hints that long term guranteed contracts--something that didn't exist in his day-- have had an impact on motivation. He doesn't say that players lay down and die after they get guranteed dough but even a slight drop off in motivation can have a noticable impact. Just imagine. You're young, rich and financially set for life. It's the off season and you're supposed to do a 5 mile jog, lift weights and then work on individual skills. As you're sweating through your regimen, the thought creeps into your head that one of the points of having all that money is to enjoy life...
Posted by paulliu[/QUOTE]
I'm so much in agreement with many things on Duke's thread here. I had some good reads. The fact that the guys had to work in the off season? Some people just can't wrap their heads around that but my Dad harped on it and told me stories of a lot of ballpalyers and their odd jobs. That must sure have been a different time.
But I wish I could see a timeline of how and why fairly decent seats got up to $180 for the 10th row way left of center court. That is what hurts the game. The old guys talk of walking down to the Garden when Bird and the big three were playing and being able to buy tickets from a scalper right in front of the Garden for $15 to $25.
But Duke said a mouthful here: "....the game played back then is very similar to today's game....the exceptions being the 3 point field goal, the decreased emphasis on calling the game using the original rules (traveling, up and down, palming, etc)"
Wouldn't it be great if they called the rules correctly. It gets worse every year with the travelling, palming and flopping, let's not forget flopping. We got to get back to the rules and eliminate the superstar calls. The League is in trouble.
But the above poster makes a great point with his Walt Fraizer, story and I do believe that is an aspect of some people's human behavoir. But the nature of the way the guys come up now with the AAU Teams, and playing together, and knowing each other most of their lives has also messed up the competition.
I would like to see a good minor league system like baseball has but one that can pay it's players well and develop them for the NBA. Make it mandatory to play two years in the minors unless you had two years of college. Get some maturity under their belts living away from home and learning how to behave and manage their money.
I'd pay to see guys at that level play ball in smaller venues in smaller cities. Good money too.