Re: Energy guys
I think part of the reason has to do with money as well. A lot of players make so much money that they don't work to their fullest or try their hardest when coming off the bench with very limited minutes. Back in the 80's, the average salary was lower than a million (probably less than 200k for a lot of the average bench players). Nowadays, usually the bench players in their contract years provide the most energy off the bench to try and get a bigger contract for the future. As soon as they receive that guaranteed contract, they start taking it easy and getting lazy. I wish the NBA had non-guaranteed contracts like the NFL. In the nba, once a player gets his contract, he WILL get almost all of that money (with buyouts, the player has the upper-hand over the organization with money concerned since the organization cannot FORCE a player to be bought out at whatever amount they want. I believe the player/organization HAVE to agree to a certain amount - not 100% sure though). In the NFL, players HAVE to work their hardest every season and they could be bought out at almost any time during the season (excluding playoffs). If they don't work hard during their whole contract tenure, they are pretty much OUT.
Basically, it does not come down to the money physically but to the mentality of the players concerning money. You guys remembered how good Luke Walton was in his contract year. As soon as he got his money/contract, he stopped shooting well and just stopped playing well. He also looked out of shape at times (could be due to his injuries but who the hell knows?) I cannot blame them though - if you received a GUARANTEED 5 year contract worth around 30 million playing 10 minutes of basketball per game, would you still continue to work to your 100% FULLEST? Psychologically, it slowly makes most people (not all) go lazy not just off the court working out wise but also on the court in those limited playing minutes.. Full effort potential right out the window..
Last edited by bladefd : 06-19-2009 at 02:33 PM.