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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Wasted Sacrifice?

Today, on the eve of game 5 of the NBA finals, I am profoundly sad for Carl Malone and Gary Payton. They both took huge paycuts to move to LA to accomplish what, at the time seemed like the surest thing in sports.

Even just over a week ago, as the Lakers had eliminated the Timberwolves for the western conference title, that sure thing seemed all the surer. And perhaps that was the problem. Perhaps, as the record has shown these last 7 or 8 years, the west has so dominated the NBA that most perceived the western conference finals to be the true championship series. That's the only explanation I see for the atrocious play of the Lakers of late.

Are the Pistons really that good? Sure, their defence is probably a bit stronger than what the Lakers are used to but... these are the Lakers. Unfortunately their heads have never been in this series. And even if they win tonight, it is likely too late. I don't feel bad for Kobe and Shaq. They already know the flavor of glory.

It's Carl and Gary that are probably already tasting the most bitter bile ever. Their sacrifice has been wasted and there's nowhere else to go next year that can get them any closer. The sad truth is that most of the best players in NBA history will never get their ring.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know little to nothing about the NBA so maybe my comments are not even noteworthy Mike, but I have been thinking about what you said. Maybe the greed factor has entered in and taken precedence where discipline, and excellence in performance, for the sake of excellence, (as a team) should be first and foremost. Who knows? Just a thought from.....


June 16, 2004 at 3:53 AM  
Blogger MLG said...

Greed wasn't a factor with Malone and Payton... They took huge pay CUTS.

June 16, 2004 at 1:39 PM  

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