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Dwyane Wade Says Competitive Balance in NBA is ‘Pie in the Sky’ Ideal

If star players still want to team up in the best cities and play for the top franchises, then what exactly did the NBA lockout accomplish? Heat guard Dwyane Wade is wondering the same thing.

“Yeah, no. I don’t see it helping right now,” Wade said when asked about the lockout Monday. “Maybe in a few years we will look back and say it did.”

Wade told reporters competitive balance was a “pie in the sky” ideal. He says that playing in some cities is more attractive than others.

“We knew [competitive balance] was impossible, especially when you’ve got players willing to take less money to be happy,” Wade said.

Wade was likely talking about guys like Shane Battier, who signed for less money to play with the Heat. I actually disagree with Wade. The Cavs were one of the best teams in the NBA when they had LeBron. The Magic have been to the Finals with Dwight. Oklahoma City is one of the best teams in the West. All those teams became successful building through the draft.

If you draft well, you have a chance as a small-market team. The real problem is that the NBA allows teams to spend above the salary cap, which generally favors the teams in big cities.

via I am a GM



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  • http://twitter.com/IntheOT Chad Margulius

    Great points LB. Furthemore, the players taking less money are often veterans who should have saved up tons of money throughout the duration of their careers. And most of the time are role players not ones that a franchise is built around. Its not like you see guys like CP3 or Howard saying I will sign for the league minimim to join the Heat they still want the $20+ mil per season.

  • Anonymous

    do i actually agree with wade on something? yuck. as long as teams can go over a cap, there is no cap, no balance, no fairness