i really dislike the "players shouldn't leave their original teams" shit though. there is literally no other profession in our entire society that operates under that assumption. its made worse by the fact that its one of the only professions in our society where you don't get to choose where you work to begin with. i can't imagine any other professional enjoying the idea of putting their name in a draft after graduation and then letting companies decide "well, you have to come here. you can't work anywhere else for the next several years because we own your rights". i understand that's the agreement that the players and owners made. and it is probably better for the sport (which is why they did it). but if you are gonna have a draft and give these professionals no choice over their career for several years, you can't bitch when they leave. you know how pissed i would be if after graduation, instead of going to Chicago, i was forced to go to fucking Cleveland? or if, when i left Chicago, i got hated by everyone in the country as if i did something wrong? that shit is so annoying.
when i hear a player's logic: "the weather is nice. there is no state tax. my friends are there. the nightlife is good. it will be fun." i say to myself, that's a great fucking reason to go there. wouldn't I do the same damn thing? why are we pissed when athletes act like normal people? why do we treat them differently than literally every single other professional in our society? i think its bullshit.
If they were getting comped like NBA players were I'm pretty sure most people in most professions would accept a draft. The only reason a draft is legal at all is because it's part of the collective bargaining agreement. The existence of a draft (leading to competitive balance) is part of why the league is popular in the first place and why players make so much. So that's a pretty bad argument.
well i pretty much agreed with this (i even said so in the sentence right after the part you bolded lol). but if you are gonna have the draft (which is a good thing), then the fans who get mad at player movement (selectively) just bother me. cause these players basically would have to spend their entire career in a place they never wanted to go in the first place. and nobody ever complains about a player moving to their home team, or moving to a small market team, nor do they care when its just an average player. but they get so pissed when a big star leaves for a big market, like its that player's job to stay in the same city his whole career.
on the flip side of the money argument: the popularity of the NBA also gets boosted when big markets have great teams. not that it has any impact on NBA fans like us, who root for OKC or San Antonio or whoever. but casual fans get interested when the Knicks are good, or the Bulls or Lakers. and the team that is getting the most slack for the player movement recently is Miami, who are also the biggest reason for the mainstream popularity of the NBA right now. so it works both ways. when i see people complain about LeBron leaving in free agency, it seems like hypocrisy. nobody else is held to that standard. why is LeBron?
two notes i'll add though:
1. complaining about LeBron teaming up with Wade from a competitive standpoint doesn't bother me. i actually agree with it. it bothers me that a competitor would team up with his closest competition. not often in my life have i been i a situation where i was the best player on the court (some times in gym class, a few YMCA games, some pick-up ball, etc), but in every single case that i was, the most important thing to me was that the next best player was on the other team. or if there was a guy better than me, i wanted to be against him. i just cannot understand how a competitor would want to do what LeBron and Wade did.
2. complaining about Melo is a different situation. because he didn't leave in free agency. he signed a contract to stay in Denver and then decided he didn't want to be there anymore. completely different situation.