Lately, I've been doing some thinking about the way professional athletes make their career decisions. I was having lunch yesterday with CB when she said, "Did you hear Shaq might be going to..." and I said, "Boston? Yeah..." For some reason, I'm beginning to realize that I have been wearing rose-colored glasses for a long time in relation to my assumptions about people in general.
I'm just wondering what happened to athletes playing for the love of the game, the loyalty to a team or a city? Where's the heart? It seems as though some of my favorite athletes are jumping ship just for the money, just for a ring. Has it always been this way and I didn't notice? Or are pro atheltes becoming jaded and selfish? I'm not even going to discuss what a waste of time and a sham that whole LeBron decision media ploy was. Ugh. Disgusts me. And Hedo? I mean, really. You really want to leave the Magic who have a chance at going somewhere in the championship race for the Raptors to get more money? Yeah. Ok. Have fun with that one, dude.
My #1 favorite, Dirk Nowitzki (aka my future husband), has been with Dallas since the beginning of his NBA career in 1998. Of course he wants to win a championship, but to him it's not worth selling out, obviously. There are others who get traded away, like Courtney Lee, who want to go back to where they came from. (We soooo miss C. Lee in Orlando, and he wants to come back, too! Bring back C. Lee!!) Those are the guys who I love the watch: the guys who play because they love the game, they love their team and teammates. Why aren't more pros like that?
Sorry for the rant; didn't mean to be such a Debbie Downer! Just what I've been thinking about... What are you thoughts/feelings?
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