The Owners Are Just As Disloyal As Players Can Be In The NBA

Mark Cuban is playing the victim, but he is not so innocent here. (photo courtesy of

Mark Cuban is playing the victim, but he is not so innocent here. (photo courtesy of

The biggest word in sports these days seems to be loyalty. After DeAndre Jordan backed out of a verbal commitment with the Dallas Mavericks and went back to the Los Angeles Clippers, many Mavericks fans and basketball fans were not happy with the talented big man out of Houston. In fact, there were some that were calling him soft and others that were saying it was bad business. The part about being bad business may be true, but the thoughts of him being soft are way off. But along with the thoughts of bad business, many are saying that a man’s word is his bond and things like that as well. Essentially, fans are dogging the player for his treatment of the owner. But in this instance, he actually went back to the place where he came from, showing loyalty to that organization. The Mavericks, on the other hand, were left jumping out of a plane without a parachute. And even though the Mavs have acquired Zaza Pachulia recently from the Milwaukee Bucks, he is not be in the same class as Jordan. The hope that he brought to Dallas is now gone away and headed back to Clipperland where he can still be a part of Lob City. But enough of the crying for the owners in this scenario. There were some that were feeling bad for Mark Cuban because of the way Jordan handled the situation, but the owners are no better than the players when it comes to loyalty.

The owners in the NBA have always complained about the money they make and the money the players make. In fact, some small market owners were complaining about the money they were losing in the last CBA negotiations. Some went as far as to say they needed to make the playing field the same with bringing on stiffer punishments for teams that go over the cap and had the resources to do so. But when the players asked for the owners to show their books to prove these loses, the owners never opened up the books to show the players. Instead, they asked the players to believe them and what they were telling them. Of course the players were not very happy with that reaction from the owners and they felt disrespected by them. The owners were trying to prey on the player’s emotions when they were in fact trying to line their pockets with more money while trying to fool the players into signing shorter max contracts and giving out less guaranteed money. The players are the ones that line their pockets and should benefit more than they do, but the owners will not even think of that let alone agree to that. Eventually the CBA worked out, but the owners were not loyal to the players in this instance at all. They were only loyal to one person in this one: themselves. And because they were loyal to the money, they made it happen and won over the players again.

The CBA is not the only bit of disloyal things the owners show the players. Everyone talks about how players don’t always communicate when they are leaving to an organization. In business, you should tell your former team that you are going if you have some longevity there. But Jordan, in this instance, did not tell the team he was going to that he was staying with the team he told the Mavericks he was leaving for. And even though Jordan was wrong, the owners have some wrong moments when it comes to player transactions. A team can trade a player during the season all the way up to the last day of the NBA Trade Deadline. And even though an owner has committed to paying a player and may have had them for a while, the owners and general managers rarely give the player being traded the notice that it is going to happen. On the other side of the coin, the players on the opposite side of the equation are at a disadvantage because they have no idea the trade is about to happen. There was no sense of keeping loyalty in business when the team trades players they don’t feel fit them anymore. A player has to essentially uproot his family on the go due to owners more times than not in these instances and owners could care less. But yet fans are mad at how some players are not loyal.

Jordan may have been wrong with how he handled the situation, but owners are and will continue to be selfish in how they handle situations as well. It can be said that some will never be a fan of Jordan’s and how he handles it, but the owners are just as disloyal as the players. So there should be no sympathy for them at all. There is no loyalty in sports. It is all about business no matter what fans may want to think. The most loyalty anyone should have in professional sports should be to yourself. Because in the end, the owners are going to look out for the owners and so should the players. The owners aren’t going to tell you when you get traded and they have also shown they will shortchange the players if they can. So why are we complaining about a player being loyal to an owner and his word again? A man should be loyal to his word, but the owners have never been loyal to their word as a whole. If you don’t like Jordan for what he did, then you really must not like the owners for what they do because they are disloyal every step of the way. Just take a look at the landscape and what happens every day in the NBA. It’s quite simple to see.

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2 Responses

  1. The only issue I had with this is that Jordan should have called Cuban and told him he was no longer interested in signing with the Mavericks. If Cuban got upset then ole well.

    • He could have handled it better but oh well. Owners been handling stuff their way (and wrongly) since the beginning of time.

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