Last season, the San Antonio Spurs brought in former NBA Most Improved Player Bobby Simmons.
Simmons had fell off the NBA map as he had very poor seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks following his big year with the Los Angeles Clippers. He was stashed in Milwaukee until his contract ended.
Simmons came to San Antonio but only lasted two regular season games with the Spurs before being cut and eventually finishing the 2010-11' season in the D-League.
Simmons told Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago that he still plans on trying to make an NBA ball club when the lockout ends, and he gave his thoughts on the lockout.
"Guys want to play," Simmons said. "That's the main thing. When the owners see that, guys just want to play basketball, but we can't just take anything [in the collective bargaining agreement.]
"For our union, everyone's sticking together and staying positive. We're going to make the best decision possible for not only myself as a veteran, but the young guys behind us."
Time to chime in Spurs fans. Where do you stand in all this CBA mess?
This is an addendum to the previous comment on the nba cba.Basketball is a game played by 5 players at a time.Each contributes to the effort to win. Yet the disparity in pay is so wide that it fosters complaints, lesser desire to play to the limit of individual capacity. If this happens, the team has a lesser chance to win. Both owners and players thru the cba could set-up a salary scale where disparity in pay could be minimize or avoided. I recognize that some players are better than others and contributes more to the cause of the team. Still, the disparity is disquieting. To my mind, competition among the teams could be heightened and each player contributes more rather than depending on a limited players who are receiving more. I am not espousing equality in pay rather, an more equitable pay rate for everybody. I think this arrangement could even generate lower salary expense on the part of the owners and at the same time expect better games.
Am not well verse with the finer provisions of the cba. But it is an agreement that governs the relationship between parties - partners, each stakeholders on the success and failure of the nba.It seems very clear that the lockout was triggered by the "love of money." From a fan's point of view, a closer look should be made not only how each player is being paid but, the reasonableness of the disparity of the rate of salary among the players. By way of illustration, take bryant's take to say fisher. I doubt very much if bryant could be effective without a facilitator like fisher. This practice appears to be common in all the nba teams. I think the salary expense would be rationalize if the disparity of pay between 2 players is not so much. If the owners indeed are losing, they have reason to complain. In a previous news i read, the owners were getting lesser than some players. If i were the capitalist-owner i would also rise a howl. I think some players are getting paid too high and some too low. Interesting topic for the cba to tackle from my end.