NBA Free Agency 2010: A Fiasco From Beginning to End

July 14th, 2010 by Elliott Pohnl Leave a reply »
As the NBA free-agent process trudges painfully onward, news that the Nuggets gave noted head case Al Harrington a five-year, $34 million deal hardly comes as a surprise.

Nearly a week after that fateful day, the far-reaching effects of “The Decision” and the free-agent frenzy of 2010 continue to resonate throughout the basketball world.

The entire process has been a complete disaster from the start.

The attention surrounding free agency opened the door for numerous erroneous media reports citing unnamed sources.

It opened the door for Jim Gray, an out of work, embattled journalist, to somehow convince Maverick Carter and the rest of the Mickey Mouse Club that an exclusive, prime-time interview on ESPN would be the best way of announcing LeBron James’ intentions.

Consequently, LeBron was set up to fail, regardless of his decision.  He validated his critics and created millions of enemies while rubbing it in northeast Ohio’s face in a painful one-hour special enabled by a network hungry for sensationalism.

Meanwhile, NBA franchises forgot about financial troubles and invested huge money in questionabl ...

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