NBA Players Are Getting Greedy, They've Forgotten Where They Came from

Avi ScherContributor IIOctober 14, 2011

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 08:   Dwyane Wade and LeBron James address the fans during the South Florida All Star Classic at Florida International University on October 8, 2011 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The NBA players are making an average of $5.1 million a year. All-Stars are making up to $20 million a year and can have a five-year guaranteed contract—that's $100 million in five years (not including commercials, campaigns…etc)! Players are tweeting that they are sorry for us, but we need to understand them. Understand what?

Players are also tweeting that the owners are to blame because they are not willing to give the players over 50 percent of the profits the teams make each year.

Do the players know where their salaries come from? Do they know who pays them?

Is $5.1 million a year not enough to provide for a family?

Do the players know what's going on in the economic world today?

Looks like the players are just thinking about themselves.  

Are they really expecting us to forgive them when they say they are sorry for the fans that the season is being delayed?

They should be sorry, mostly because most of us work 8-to-5 (or later), and we won't be seeing $5 million in our lifetime.

Don't get me wrong, the players work very hard to keep in shape all year long and they do a lot more than just play basketball, but $5.1 million and still wanting more?

Do the players remember what they made before they became NBA players? Do they remember what their parents made?

The players need to open their eyes, see the economic problems around the world and start living in today's reality.

If LeBron James and Dwyane Wade really want to help the player who "only" makes $5.1 million, then they can take the $58 million that is the salary cap and divide it by 15 (15 players on a team), giving each player close to $4 million a year.

James and Wade both make millions of dollars for their commercials and campaigns, as do many other players.  They don't give the owners or the NBA a percentage from that. Why not? Without the NBA we wouldn't know them, and without the owners they wouldn't have a job.

There were 22 teams out of 31 that did not have a profitable year (even though the ratings were up this year), and that is also the players' fault.

The NBA players these days who don't have what it takes to lead a team on their own (not including Kobe Bryant), are joining forces. The Cleveland Cavaliers were a profitable team before LeBron moved to Miami to join Wade, and the Denver Nuggets had Carmelo Anthony who joined Amare Stoudemire and the New York Knicks.

So teams are also losing money because of the players, so should the players be giving the owners money back if the teams do not succeed or if the teams are not profitable?

How are the "little" teams going to make a profit if all the All-Stars want to play together?

It looks like the players' campaign for "NBA, where caring happens," means caring for "us" (the players) to get millions of dollars, play with whom they like, make millions of more dollars from personal campaigns and keep it all.

Where did the caring for the fans go? The ones who pay for tickets, the ones who buy your merchandise, and the kids who pretend to be like you on the court, look up to you and want to be like you.

Is teaching them that caring for money is the only thing that’s important? Because it's hard to convince a kid those players make "only" $5.1 million and that's not enough.

Players, think what's going on in the world, think about the parents who were not able to be a professional athlete and make millions, and are still able to provide for their four kids and keep a roof over their heads. 

Think about the kids who work all summer long so they can buy a ticket to see you guys play.

Just think, think about the world around you, think about the economy, think about all the others who work hard too.

Think of where you would have been without the NBA—would you be out demonstrating against the economy? 

Just think and care. Especially for the people who pay lots of money (lots for us) to see you guys play.