What Recession? NBA Teams Throwing Around Money Like Usual

July 2nd, 2010 by David DeRyder Leave a reply »
How does one become an NBA General Manager?

Seriously. I think I should apply. I'm convinced I could run a team better than half the executives in the league.

This isn't to say I'm some kind of basketball genius. I think most fans of the NBA who have a minimal understanding of budgeting could run a team. I doubt one person who follows basketball would have given Darko Milicic $20 million.

When the collective bargaining agreement expires, I'm sure the owners will use this summer to point out how flawed the system is. The irony is that they're the ones who keep giving out stupid contracts. It's not rocket science. Yet time and time again teams overpay players.

The biggest contract offered Thursday was by the Atlanta Hawks to Joe Johnson. The Hawks looked to take Johnson off the market by offering him a max contract worth $119 million over six years.

Joe Johnson is good player, but $119 million good? I don't see the Hawks winning a championship with their current team. Committing that amount of money to Johnson is not a recipe for a title.

By giving Johnson a max contract, the Hawks have severely limited their ability to improve the ...

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