Tuesday, August 08, 2006

This is What Cuban is Talking About!


In today's very close USA vs. Brazil game, Carmelo Anthony went down with a hyperextended knee. People call Cuban selfish when he says he does not want his players participating in these international games during the offseason. But most of the players chosen for this FIBA tournament and U.S. Olympic team are franchise players (i.e. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, etc.). Some of these guys get paid as much as $15 or $20 million a year to play for their respective teams. A simple knee injury like Carmelo's could affect his, well...effectiveness next season with Denver. He'll probably be fine, but it should be noted that the Denver Nuggets just re-signed him for five years worth about $80 million. If you were paying that much for a guy, wouldn't you want him to limit his activity during the offseason? Dirk is playing for Germany, which of course makes us all a bit nervous. But it's very important to him to represent his country. Fortunately, as ridiculous as the decision-making was, it's probably a good thing guys like Josh Howard and Jason Terry were not chosen to be part of the US Olympic team. The more rest during the offseason, the better. Cuban and other NBA owners are right to be nervous when their franchise player(s) go off to play another grueling season during the NBA's offseason. It may have to do with money vs. product, but afterall, the NBA is a business.

Meanwhile here's the updated Mavs roster:

PG: Jason Terry, Devin Harris, Anthony Johnson
SG: Greg Buckner, Jerry Stackhouse, Maurice Ager
SF: Josh Howard, Devean George
PF: Dirk Nowitzki, Austin Croshere, Pops Mensah-Bonsu
C: DeSagana Diop, Erick Dampier, DJ Mbenga

Very nice: A+