Something on my mind the other day
The other day I was thinking about all the players who don't make it to the NBA and want to continue to play basketball while making a nice living, and the #1 option for that is Europe. Though, I wonder how many of those players feel comfortable playing overseas and wish that the NBDL for example would pay more in order for them to stay where they're from rather than going overseas. I feel that the NBA should build up there Developmental League in order to keep successful college players who are borderline 2nd rounders from going overseas. Of course I understand some players enjoy going overseas, but I think that is the minority. I can only imagine how many players have some sort of uncomfortable feeling being somewhere where English is not the primary language or that it is hard to find people you can relate to. I also know the NBA is going through tough times economically, so if this were to ever happen it would not be for a while. What is everyone's thoughts on this??
Even if they increased the pay, I don't think the NBA D-League could ever afford to pay borderline NBA players like teams overseas can. Dominic James for example... He had a contract offer from the Bucks, but decided to go overseas where he got offered a contract worth millions. You take the millions and travel the world... You become rich and experience a different culture.
Good point, Tezo. Though, I do think guys in the DLeague are more likely to play in the NBA than the guys who bolt overseas since they're closer. I think with increased pay guys will be hesitant to go overseas because if they work hard they have a shot at making an NBA team.
There are so many American born players playing overseas now that these guys don't feel so out of place as they used to. They are probably having the time of their lives over there. A couple million dollars salary and living in Europe sounds better then the league minimum and living in Milwaukee, especially if you don't get playing time here.
That is true, but tell me this how many of those Americans wish they were back in the USA playing in front of there family rather than overseas? Unless there family is with them overseas, probably a lot of them. The money of course is the main point of all this, but I don't think we can forget about these players wanting to play where they call home.
knicksfan, of course the NBA is the show and that is what every player strives for. At the same time though, a player like Dominic James, who I am a big fan of, has to weigh his options. Money is a huge factor but these kids want to play more than anything. The NBDL is a farm system, but realistically, how many players come up from the NBDL and get significant playing time? I'm sure every single one of them would rather play in the NBA but I can't see them complaining too much about getting paid millions to play the game they love for a couple of years spent in Europe.
It's an unfortunate truth I must say. The problem as to why the NBA can never have a farm system like baseball is because the roster is half the size and less people are on the court when play goes on. The only way you can have more NBA players in the league is through expanding it.
Although building up a fiscally sound minor league is a good idea, it's not happening any time in the foreseeable future. Some of the D League teams were having financial problems in recent years and looking to the NBA for financial support. However, now that the economy almost collapsed, NBA teams are losing money at a significant rate. I believe David Stern recently claimed the league will lose approximately $400 million this year. Until the country and the NBA turns it around economically, there will be no expansion and no significant financial support for a minor league.
Of course this brings up another issue, the mind boggling, multi-million dollar salaries of NBA players. I still remember the year the NBA went on strike. Patrick Ewing was the Union President and one of the leaders of the move against the owners. Do you know what his annual salary was the year he went out on strike? I believe it was $16 million. I don't think a number of NBA players are in touch with reality,
Maybe someone would care to start a new thread on that subject?
Kenny Smith had a good view on this rtbt. He was talking about how back in the day, players didn't make that much so all of the leverage was in the owners' favor. The average salary is like 3-4 million now and when they went on strike before, it was like $800,000. He said that Stern walked into the first meeting back then and just said, "you guys aren't ready' and walked out. He knew that they had all of the leverage and could bully them.
I think with the money these guys make and presumably have saved up, they can wait it out more than in the past. This could make for a lengthy negotiation process.