Scottie Pippen quoted
Scottie Pippen pretty much sums up the difference between the game he played before THAN the game now... I think it's pretty damn true in my opinion...
"The business aspect of the game is totally different now. The players' mindset now is more about the finances of the game than about playing and winning for the passions of the game. That's the way of the world is today. Professional sports are no different. From the players standpoint, basketball is business and you are an enterprise. Winning championships is great, but at the end of day, you want to maximize your value. That's how the players think. "
You cant stereotype everybody like that,
In the grand scheme of things winning a championship will bring you more money and fame anyways!
I dont know any top-players that have explicitly said that they would not sacrifice money to win a championship in a heartbeat, for a ring.
I know I would. The top players are in it to win it, bottom line
Really? I can't think of anyone who has taken less money so their team can afford better players...
Pippen is right, so many players take for granted that they are MAX contract guys and they could care less about a ring. Only players that are at the end of their careers take less money because they realize their time is up.
DIdnt he take a few million less? could be wrong about that
i agree with it for the most part too ... i think there are a few guys in the league who are driven by winning more so then finances and endorsements, but today i think those guys are few and far between
for instance: on around the NBA on ESPN2 earlier in the week Ric Bucher predicted that Chris Bosh would stay in Toronto this summer because Bosh had expressed to him that he wanted to play someplace where he would be the main guy --- i don't mean to slam bosh, because I like his game and would like to see him come to my team, but ... how does that attitude come off to you?
that attitude come across as being honest. If i ask you if you wanted to be Michael Jackson or Tito then what would answer. Scottie Pippen is the same guy that got mad when the coach went with Kukoc instead on him on a play.
i have no problem with the players doing it. the owners treat it as a business as well and even though we love watching it the nba is a business
i think players might think about money all the time when they are practicing or working out or negotiating with the teams. But once they are on the court, they play ball to win. Pippen also &$#%#&@!ed about his contract for many years while he was with the bulls because during the early 90's contracts really started blowing up and he was still getting like 3 mill per. So he is being a bit of a hypocrite in my book.
whats funny is pippen's nick name in portland is no tippen pippen..lol
It's surprising, but Arenas did take a few millions less so that the Wizards could re-sign Antawn Jamison.
guys i can think of that turned down money so the team could sign guys are Charles Barkley so the rockets could get pippen. Bryant Stith back with Denver so they could add talent in the mid 90's. Arenas with washington as tezo pointed out. That's all i can think of.
Shaq used to say it all the time, but then when it came to actually negotiating he would go for as much as he could get. I don't blame him for getting his, but don't try to look good in the media and talk about how you would take less to get guys like Anthony Peeler, Kendall Gill or Horace Grant and then go after every penny the second you could.