Bulls' Rose wishes NBA would do away with salary cap
Posted Oct 26 2011 7:07AM - Updated Oct 26 2011 10:17AM
HONOLULU (AP) -- Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has established himself among the elite NBA players in just three seasons. His salary, however, doesn't come anywhere near the top in the league, let alone his own team.
Because of rookie salary scale restrictions, the league's reigning MVP earns about $5.5 million a season - far less than other NBA stars. The scale is on the table between the league and players' association during its extended labor dispute that could result in more games being canceled and might wipe out the season.
Rose, in Hawaii this week visiting military personnel as part of the Hoops for Troops USO Tour, will undoubtedly earn a lot more when he becomes a free agent at the end of his four-year, $22.5 million contract, depending on the new agreement, of course. "I wish it was back like where it was in the old days where there wasn't a cap,'' Rose told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "Back in the day, they were giving guys coming out of college with multimillion-dollar contracts, so why stop it now? The game is growing. There's no need to stop it.''
Every top draft pick would come into the league with the ego of LeBron James if they could be offered multi-million dollar contracts right out of college/high school. The league would be filled with that sort of whiny entitlement complex in a matter of years.
It's funny how the union lies and says that the owners want to kill the mid-class guys, when it's the opposite and then you have the rose's and Duran't, preaching no salary restriction that obviously would decimate the NBA mid class.
The NBA absolutely can't do away with the Salary Cap. If they did the Lakers, Knicks, Celtics and Bulls would compete for the championship every year. Can you imagine the Knicks with Amare, Bosh, Wade and Lebron? Because, that's what would have happened with no cap!
It's funny that people complain mid tier players are overpaid, then when someone suggests doing away with a salary cap they say OMG they then begin to worry about mid tier players. You can't have it both ways