I always come up the title first and then the post. That’s a fact. You may read many first paragraphs of mine and say “He sure does like puns!” And how. When I wrote the title above, I immediately said to myself “Bobcats Moves? That’s like saying you had moves at the middle school dance. Sure, on some level, they’re moves. But in reality, no one appreciates those ‘moves’ outside of you and your mom.”
The Bobcats, Bucks, Warriors, Timberwolves, Jazz and Wizards are in the D-List of NBA teams that get their roster needs met long after the A-List teams like the Nets, Knicks, Heat and Celtics, oh and the Lakers. Haves and Have-Nots as always rule the day, especially in today’s NBA.
Now the rumor is Dwight Howard will be traded to the Nets, as he wanted at the trade deadline but for whatever reason, signed his player option with the Magic. I read on another site, something about a Red Head being in flames, that the Bobcats could and possibly should try to act as a facilitator in this travesty. Of course, it likely won’t happen as latest reports have the Cavaliers and Clippers are happy to step in and receive a little something for throwing a pick or player. I’d say this just keeps teams like that suppressed. The Magic will be bottom feeders for years to come except when they’re rewarded next year at the draft lottery.
No, I am not bitter. I just don’t get the subjugation of NBA teams and they’re happy to get scraps. Like the Magic making a move to let their second best player last season, Ryan Anderson go in a sign and trade rather than just a RFA move. It’s almost like the idea the Bobcats had a few years ago, influenced by the classic Mark Cuban theory, to be good in the NBA you have to get real bad first.
So there are haves and have nots as far as teams but, players too? As far as teams: Lakers got Steve Nash, who acted like he’d never sign with his rival. As far as players: 38 year old, 2 time MVP but from 6 years ago, gets a 3 year contract because his name is Steve Nash.
Teams: the Heat get Ray Allen, who was unlikely to be resigned in Boston as part of their big 3, but is happy to back up the Miami version. Players: a 36 year old who was hobbled with bad knees who has a ring and his coveted record, signs for less than he would have elsewhere because he’s Ray Allen.
Teams: Houston, the home of foreign players and still the most loved team in Asia, signs Jeremy Lin, who is a restricted free agent and likely will be matched with the Knicks. Players: Asian, sold more jerseys than anyone but the reigning MVP, and more hype than Justin Bieber, signed for a whole lot of money with a team that didn’t want him the year before because he’s Jeremy Lin.
It’s either you have a niche, a really big market or you have the pieces in place to win a championship or you don’t. Or, if we’re talking players, you either have a big name, or you don’t. You either show up on SportsCenter every night or you don’t. So, the ones that have it, either get the players they want or make it work in a way that totally pays off for them. If you have it as a player, you get signed long before players who are on the upward slope of their career. The players dry up, the money dries up and the Bobcats and teams like them are left standing, waiting on their moms to pick them up after the dance.
Moves? The Bobcats would love to show their moves, but their moves, in the world of the New York teams and LA Teams (the dance clubs in this metaphor) don’t work on the same level. It’s very much a middle school vs. grown up perspective and sentiment. And I just don’t understand it.