Bosh: NBA wants to control Paul, Howard, and Williams’ fate
Bosh said it would not be a stretch to believe the Heat’s signing of himself, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in the 2010 offseason contributed to the league’s belief that the work rules had to change. “I think so,” he said…. “I mean, if you look at the free agents coming up in the same situations, with Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, they can control their own fate,” he said. “They have the power to control that and I think that’s a great thing. In any job you want freedom to negotiate.
“With us doing what we did, and Carmelo going to the Knicks, I think that has a lot to do with it. Hopefully we can keep that and guys can come and go and make the deal that’s best for them and their family.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Gee Chris, billionaires never hold a grudge -especially when you take a wrecking ball to their business.
Recently, Chris Bosh claimed the lockout has been prolonged because small-to-medium sized markets are punishing major or desirable markets for attracting superstars.
Bosh believes small-to-medium sized markets are demanding system changes to prevent the Miami Heat from repeating The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010 or the New York Knicks from attracting another superstar to complement Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.
Of course, he’s right. The NBA is more polarized than ever. It can be argued this is destroying the balance of the league.
Most owners want system changes to protect their investment. Without changes, they’ll be a development squad for elite players.
Once a player becomes a superstar, he’ll bolt to one of a few key markets: Boston, Dallas Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey/Brooklyn and Miami.
So owners must look out for their business.
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