Case Study On Team Loyalty Vs A Championship Winning Career

Good Essays
Team Loyalty vs A Championship Winning Career: The New Challenge for NBA Players

Should I stay or should I go? That’s the question every Hall of Fame worthy star asks himself at some point in his career in the league. Now to be fair,the answer depends largely on the team you were drafted to and the overall potential to win a championship. At the end of the day, professional basketball is a business first and entertainment second, so each team views players as small puzzle pieces; get the right pieces to fit together and you’ve built a potential championship contender, if the stars align in the postseason perhaps a dynasty building powerhouse.

With that said let’s look at the latest to jump ship in pursuit of the ultimate goal, a championship.
…show more content…
You can’t make diamonds out of glass and the Thunder crumbled like fragments while under pressure in the post season; Durant needs strong complimentary teammates and it wasn’t the right fit in Oklahoma for him. With sharp shooting Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry at his side, Durant can bully defenses in the post alongside Draymond Green next season. The Golden State Warriors play the fast paced style of basketball that best suits Durant’s lane slice and dice agenda and he’s no stranger to the arc, so he’s in good company with the team who 's known for padding scoring columns with on the mark long-range …show more content…
Sure. Is it a good business move for Durant? Well it gives him a experienced head coach who has won a NBA Championship, a tool he didn’t have in Oklahoma City and if everyone stays healthy the Golden State will be a force to be reckoned with next season. Will he win the championship next season? Well that depends on the consistency of Golden State in the postseason next year. Stephen Curry was sloppy in the postseason, logging numerous turnovers and opting for fancy behind-the-back and no-look passes that led to points for LeBron & Co in the finals so hopefully the regular season MVP has learned that his dancing on the hardwood doesn’t yield better results than the straight up and down basketball he played to win the championship two years ago. Unfortunately for the rest of us, until basketball season rolls around again we wouldn’t know how this new storyline will play out but on paper it could be match made in basketball

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    He was a transcendent athlete with an unparalleled degree of strength and patience in the paint, this sort of refers to his quote as well, “The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot”.Sadly we will never get to know his blocking averages as the NBA started recording blocks after he retired. [C]As an individual player, many will argue that Bill Russell never really took the driver's seat against the competition. Consistency, leadership and defensive prowess can all amount to dominance, and Russell embodied them all. You can criticize him in any way you please, but his owning 11 NBA championships rings is the only rebuttal necessary.…

    • 1954 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    In 1991, the Chicago Bulls won their first NBA championship by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers. “A rising NBA superstar, Jordan became known for his power and agility on the court as well as for his leadership abilities” (The Sports Archives, Par 8). Jordan later made several endorsement deals with some companies, which pushed him into the spotlight. To make Jordan more popular, the Chicago Bulls won their second NBA championship in 1992 and their third NBA championship in 1993. The Bulls were dominating in the basketball world after winning three NBA championships in a row.…

    • 818 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Larry Bird Research Paper

    • 719 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Bird never lost his competitive edge that gave him the pathway to more success. In Bird’s first postseason, his team defeated the Houston Rockets for a NBA championship. After two years of solid team play, Bird was widely known as a clutch basketball player. According to Biography.com, “Bird developed a reputation for not merely responding to his opponents' moves, but anticipating how they would unfold ahead of time.” Bird found new ways to cultivate as a player and become known as the greatest. Bird would continue to push forward with inner drive as he took his team to the playoffs all thirteen seasons of his professional…

    • 719 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Literally, all the blood, sweat, and tears went into becoming the athlete I am. I nearly quit so many times, but I stayed persistent. Practicing by myself increased my stamina, durability, and has boosted my self-esteem. Basketball has been by safe haven, I stayed away from drugs and alcohol because it would have jeopardized my career. Basketball has been the best and the worst of me, but playing such a sport has taught me people skills and made me a better team player.…

    • 1029 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Wilt Chamberlain changed the way the center position was played, he was the most athletic center ever, wherever a player passed it in his area, he was getting it. He was virtually unstoppable, so the NBA put a rule in place that teammates could not throw him "Alley-Oops", and he couldn 't camp out in the lane and he only had 3 seconds in the lane or it was a turnover. (NBA Media Ventures). They tried to get him out of the lane in anyway they possibly could, usually did not work. Elgin Baylor changed the way Power Forwards played.…

    • 1599 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Caavs Persuasive Speech

    • 1850 Words
    • 8 Pages

    The draft is finally here! Congratulations to the Cleveland Cavs and their fans. The NBA felt so bad for LeBron leaving to take his talents to South Beach that the NBA decided to award number one pick for the 3rd time since that moment. You have the number one pick!! Maybe the rules should be changed, so that the same team can’t keep winning the draft lottery.…

    • 1850 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Believing in the latest to be the greatest is a common theory many people, especially sports fans and even professional athletes have. Perhaps the hottest debate of all time in the world of professional basketball is Air Jordan verses King James. Who is better? Well, it depends on who you ask. Michael Jordan began his legendary career in the NBA in 1984 after playing three years in college at the University of North Carolina, while Lebron james rose straight out of highschool into the big leagues in 2003 and still dominates the league to this day.…

    • 1439 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, all names that come to mind when thinking about basketball’s greatest players. But LeBron James, is perhaps the one that stands above them all. His trip from a hard childhood in Akron, to high school stardom and becoming one of the most decorated NBA players of all time is often regarded as a hero’s journey. The concept of this 12 step journey was originally created by Joseph Campbell as an archetype for heroes in literature, particularly mythology. The hero's journey LeBron James took to become the greatest basketball player of all time draws comparisons to those of mythological heroes.…

    • 2014 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Establishing the hierarchy of NBA Legends: Michael Jordan versus LeBron James Have you ever wondered about who is the best basketball player ever? Although there are literally hundreds of players to choose from, the general consensus usually boil down to “His Airness” (Michael Jordan) and “King James” (LeBron James). Authors and journalists get nostalgic about the “tireless machine” known as Jordan; while others rave about the “runaway freight train” named LeBron. Let’s make the comparisons and you judge who is better, or will you be straddling the fences like thousands of NBA fans? According to Stephen A. Smith, ESPN analyst “You have to have championships to be the greatest of all time (The GOAT), but that’s not all.…

    • 923 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Wilt Chamberlain Versus Kobe Bryant Some people say that Kobe Bryant is better than Wilt Chamberlain,on the other hand they think that Wilt Chamberlain is better that Kobe Bryant. Many people will try to compete other NBA players,but this two basketball players are what most people are debating about. Who is the best NBA player? My friend Ben,a huge fan of Kobe Bryant, stated that “Kobe got drafted from high school to become an NBA player”, is he really that good to be drafted from high school? Wilt Chamberlain didn’t get drafted from high school,but he was very popular playing basketball.…

    • 473 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Decent Essays