Back then Eric Gordon was a different player. He still showed flashes of that linebacker guard that could drive the lane and dunk in your face. His injuries were not phantom. The medical staff here for boththe Pelicans and Saints were terrible. He was among the many New Orleans athletes being mis-diagnosed.Part of the reason for matching the Phoenix signing of EG was he was the biggest asset from the CPme trade and I don't think the FO (and fans) wanted to let him walk for nothing. EG should've demanded a sign and trade. It was foolish of him to think we wouldn't match. Nobody could've foreseen how unprofessional he would've been about it. He also wasn't playing very well when he did finally get some burn so it was impossible to move him and his salary.
I get it. It totally didn't work out. But I can't fault Demps for that because personally I would've matched Phoenix's offer too (or at least at the time that's what I was in favor of).
What a jokeAnd so this is the answer to our question. The league will strongly discourage it (possible threat of sanction, who knows) and the team will think better of it.
Appears as something where the team has a legitimate business interest not related to simply wanting a draft position (i.e. the need to keep a player healthy for trade value), but effectively disallowed. Seems the player (and PA) may have enough validity to give the commissioner pause (and the player being a high-value, first-line All-Star probably helps) and the slippery-slope toward acquiescing to full-on draft tanking. Under that set of considerations, the league says nah, that’s going to be a problem.
Would it be different in a bigger market? A player that actually wants to sit to avoid injury? Who knows.
yea... as a general rule, I think the NBA does a much better job than the NFL, front office-wise.What a joke
NBA turns a blind eye to full on tanking by a third of their teams every year, but once LeBeon gets hosed they're going to push "the integrity of the game"?
I don't know. I still have tickets to several games left (including a Lakers game). I don't really want to boo him, but if the crowd would just be totally silent when he was introduced, it would be awesome.I don't want to watch the Pelicans play with him on the court so I guess I'm out for a few games until his next inevitable jog to the locker room.
I mean, I get that, I do. But besides the exhaustion of booing one guy when there are 4 others to cheer for, I like a lot of guys on that team - particularly Jrue, Okafor, Jackson and a couple of others. It sucks to have a crowd seemed motivated against them just because of AD. Coordinated indifference would be much more effective, if it was practical, IMO.Nah. Boo that birch.
when AD has the ball or scores BOO. Every one else cheerI mean, I get that, I do. But besides the exhaustion of booing one guy when there are 4 others to cheer for, I like a lot of guys on that team - particularly Jrue, Okafor, Jackson and a couple of others. It sucks to have a crowd seemed motivated against them just because of AD. Coordinated indifference would be much more effective, if it was practical, IMO.