Jul 26th, 2007 by Answerman
This is my first post in a still to be numbered series on my loathe of FIBA - or more specifically, why I hate the NBA’s participation in FIBA.
FIBA puts an extra and unnecessary strain on player’s bodies causing their NBA performances the following year to suffer.
Take, for example:
- Joe Johnson , who had played 4 consecutive 82 game seasons. A model of health and consistency. Post-FIBA this year, 57 games;
- Antawn Jamison, another healthy player with a full 82 games in 5 of his prior 6 seasons. Post-FIBA this year, 70;
- Chris Paul entered the league and in his rookie season he played 79 games. Post-FIBA, 64. Does N.O. want their young guys breaking down this early?;
- The most compelling tale is Paul Gasol. In 03-04, without a FIBA summer, he played 75+. The following year, post FIBA, he only played 56 games. 05-06 (no FIBA) he played 80 games. This past season, post-FIBA he played 59 games.
Do you see where this is going? The NBA season is long and exhausting. Include post-season and pre-season and the all-star “break” and we’re talking about over 100 games.
It wears down on the body. To extend it with another few weeks of training and another few weeks of full-on competition, just to go back to the 82 game grind, again is too much. I want them resting, rehabbing, getting ready for the NBA - for the team paying their salaries.
Instead, the NBA suffers with tired superstars. We don’t have playoff Memphis, we have 30 win Memphis. We don’t have up-and-coming Atlanta, we have Tyrone Lue trying to run the point. We don’t have our rookie of the year on for an encore.
All thanks to the very intelligent involvement of NBA players in FIBA.
I’d rather they ride motorcycles. At least with cycles there is a chance they’ll get to training camp safely. FIBA guarantees at least a lethargic and likely injury riddled season. If I were an NBA Owner, I’d put a clause in any contract — and pay my players 10% extra to sign - banning them from any kind of participation in organized competitive basketball outside of the NBA.
Part II to come soon.