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BKdoubleStacker
07-16-2009, 05:21 PM
I think so. So many players go for the extra money to go to a ******** team when they were already on a playoff/finals caliber team.

jiggin
07-16-2009, 05:24 PM
money is more important to everyone except those that already have a lot of it...those people want a ring.

GSW fan
07-16-2009, 05:26 PM
^yawp

Highlight
07-16-2009, 05:26 PM
I think so. So many players go for the extra money to go to a ******** team when they were already on a playoff/finals caliber team.

Money will always speak over a "possible" championship. It's just the way it is. Sometimes players will take small pay cuts at a chance to win, but you want see the average NBA player giving up 5-10 million. Players are scared they could get injured or hurt at any moment, so usually they try to get the best deal possible.

The only players that will take pay cuts are the ones that have already made a substantial amount. For example, Grant Hill. He's already accumulated over 100 million in his career, so he doesn't mind taking the pay cut when in reality he could possibly demand the MLE.

That's how it is in all sports. In reality, you can get hurt at any moment and your career could potentially be over.

Lakers4ItAll
07-16-2009, 05:27 PM
It's all about the $$$

Trouble87
07-16-2009, 06:03 PM
It's a business ... money first then success

very few players play for the right reasons

Me-You_
07-16-2009, 06:03 PM
What's enough money? LeBron made 25 million last year alone....This year is going to be more because of all his endorsements and commercials. Insane.

NBA players are making MILLIONS! What's an "sufficient amount?"

I was honestly thinking of this same question earlier today.

Pure Greed

Perfect examples of people taking salary cuts to chase after a ring....Gary Payton and Karl Malone

Hustla23
07-16-2009, 06:24 PM
Rings don't pay the bills.

J_M_B
07-16-2009, 06:30 PM
It's always about the money. Younger players prefer the money. Veterans that have been in the league for a while and already have gotten a big payday want rings.

AIMelo=KillaDUO
07-16-2009, 06:37 PM
you think these guy's woulda put in all the hard work in if basketball only paid 18.50?

AIMelo=KillaDUO
07-16-2009, 06:37 PM
"It's all about the Benjamins"

SlaterRaps
07-16-2009, 06:42 PM
i find it funny that a thread was made a few weeks ago about the complete opposite saying that people were taking less money to go to stacked teams. players cant win on here :mad:

xBLAMEITON24x
07-16-2009, 06:43 PM
It's all about the benjamins baby. lol

jdricks
07-16-2009, 06:43 PM
Bro during this current economic climate money means everything at this point. I mean I'd like if I were in the NBA I'd want as many rings as possible, but then again want my 10 million+ contract.

thephoenixson28
07-16-2009, 06:53 PM
Rings don't pay the bills. unless you pawn it :)

Bricklayer
07-16-2009, 07:02 PM
If another team is willing to double your salary then I understand leaving for the money. I don't get players like Ariza and Turk turning down a huge cheque with a contender to make another million or so for a mediocore team. I know a million dollars is alot of cash, but what can you buy for 50 million that you simply couldn't afford with 45 million?

mikantsass
07-16-2009, 07:11 PM
Money is waaaaayyyyyy more important if your under 30 as a pro

BKdoubleStacker
07-16-2009, 07:33 PM
how much ****ing money do you really need???

most of these guys already have a ton of money and worry about a few million less if they stay with a contending team.

But yea it pays the bills cuz god knows they are struggling to pay off their 2nd mansion :rolleyes:

I dont think they deserve the money they get, but thats a whole different story.

OA SLAY
07-16-2009, 07:38 PM
is guess ur referring to ODOM. You should prolly rephrase your question to IS ANOTHER RING MO IMPORTANT then $$$... And the answer is NO!!!

_KB24_
07-16-2009, 07:42 PM
Yup and no. If your at the twighlight of your career, then no and you go for the rings. EX: Rasheed Wallace. If your a young gun looking to have "Mr. Benjamin" as your wing man, then yes.

ko8e24
07-16-2009, 07:42 PM
how much ****ing money do you really need???

most of these guys already have a ton of money and worry about a few million less if they stay with a contending team.

But yea it pays the bills cuz god knows they are struggling to pay off their 2nd mansion :rolleyes:

I dont think they deserve the money they get, but thats a whole different story.


:clap: Dude, u are right on!

sanfranfan1210
07-16-2009, 08:10 PM
If it was a small pay cut I would take that for a chance to win a title

dtmagnet
07-16-2009, 08:29 PM
Well I can only really think of it this way, would I rather get a raise at work or win employee of the year or some kind of award. I'd take the dough every time. (Not a great analogy but along the same line)

Grim Reaper
07-16-2009, 08:35 PM
It is if you already have a ring and this is basically your last chance to get that big payday. I can definitely see where Lamar Odom is coming from. He deserves Hedo Turkoglu money or more and if he signs a 3 year deal with LA he'll be 33 years old when he's a free agent again. He won't get a big deal at that age. He's not a superstar like KG, Kobe, and Lebron. He's a very good role player and this is his only chance to really get paid.

RocketsFan4Life
07-16-2009, 10:20 PM
but if no one cared about money ppl would just go to the best team you would have a whole team of all stars it would look like nba live

PhillyBoomerang
07-16-2009, 10:46 PM
Hell no.. it should not, but it really is.. i don't get the real difference when i see players go to a horrible for few extra bucks, rather then a good team, still getting a very good pay check.. winning is number 1 when you are defined as an athlete.. players who have not won a ring ala Malone, Barkley, Ewing are not looked at the same way since they don't have a ring

Voodoo Alchemy
07-17-2009, 02:19 AM
yes, the luster of winning a title wears off after time. to be able to take care of your family financially for life will last a lot longer than the glory of winning a title.

abe_froman
07-17-2009, 02:24 AM
I think so. So many players go for the extra money to go to a ******** team when they were already on a playoff/finals caliber team.

and some take pay cuts to go to championship caliber teams,whats your point?

Public Enemy #1
07-17-2009, 04:09 AM
It depends on what type of person you are. Usually, the younger players go for the money and if they don't have a ring by the time their 32-34, they sign with a contender and hope to get a ring.

GoatMilk
07-17-2009, 04:11 AM
money is more important imo
winning is whatever if your gonna get millions.
people can criticize you all the way to the bank.

i mean how many of us never one big in HS or anything?
so what.

Duncan = Donkey
07-17-2009, 04:32 AM
of course money is more important.

Bruno
07-18-2009, 04:07 AM
It would depend on the player. Considering most NBA players will never make that much money, post NBA, most would say the cash.

Killadelphian13
07-18-2009, 04:17 AM
If I were an NBA player I'd prefer a ring. I'd be making millions a year most likely anyway, I'd be fine with that and knowing I'm a part of the best basketball team in the world. That's a piece of immortality, like owning a world record.

goku
07-18-2009, 04:18 AM
money i mean im quite sure if u were him u take the money too we talkin bout millions here even thou a ring is nice

Kyle N.
07-18-2009, 04:25 AM
Bro during this current economic climate money means everything at this point. I mean I'd like if I were in the NBA I'd want as many rings as possible, but then again want my 10 million+ contract.

I don't think the economy is hurting too many NBA players. I don't know how many of them own stocks. Also even though gas prices may rise, they all drive Escalades anyway. I mean, our family hasn't even felt anything from the recession yet and we're not rich. I realize money is important, but I think it's gets to a point where a player has made so much money, doesn't have a ring, and will take a pay cut to get one. They're still going to be making millions.

CaleX(RR)MIA™
07-18-2009, 04:25 AM
sadly it is
then u got good player wanting a ring but leave good teams to go to ****** teams for more money

Pornstar86
07-18-2009, 07:44 AM
Well I can only really think of it this way, would I rather get a raise at work or win employee of the year or some kind of award. I'd take the dough every time. (Not a great analogy but along the same line)

except winning a ring is the greatest achievement in basketball...its what every player wants to do...i'm sorry but these stars that switch teams for a few mill more are ******** (ariza - houston is going no where next year)...they are multimillionaires, stop being so damn greedy and appreciate the fact that you are rich!

koreancabbage
07-18-2009, 08:43 AM
depends on the timing of your NBA career. I think when you are younger, you try to get the money and when you get to your lates 20's and early 30's, titles are more important.

SiteWolf
07-18-2009, 08:49 AM
I'd agree........yes, it's about the money, BUT....exactly how many generations of your family do you feel you need to financially impact?!

I'm not talking about role players who never get the big payday (tho every payday they get is big to most of us regular humans), I'm talking about guys who get 1 or multiple good sized contracts.

Let's take Turkey Glue as an example. He bailed on his verbal commitment to my Blazers (tho I was glad he did) for, what, $3mil more over 5 years? $3mil is a lot of money to us, but not lifechanging to a guy who's already made millions and is getting 50 more. I mean, what exactly do you DO with that much money after awhile?

...and that's just a guy like Hedu...let alone guys like LeBron, Tiger, Kobe...

GHOSTSNIPER
07-18-2009, 09:35 AM
To be Francisco...yes.

Missing56&33
07-18-2009, 10:24 AM
every player has to be business minded first and foremost by taking care of themselves and their families first. The game brings a lot of fame and fortune but what a NBA player goes through on a daily basis takes a toll on the body and decreases their quality of life as they get older. I mean think about it ....a player can break his leg and in some cases be back on the court in a month or less....they patch u back up and send you back out there. The players that truly love the game wants a ring. You can tell who they are.

Kabowdos
07-18-2009, 10:54 AM
CASH CASH CASH CASH


It doesn't matter how much you have you are always going to want more. A guy may have 30 million after his 6 years... now he is entering his prime and wants that 60 million dollar contract. I think the bigger the contract may also lead to more sponsors.

It is also about the EGO for some people. For instance, LeBron may not want to take a pay cut because he is the future of the NBA and biggest thing on the market. His EGO drives him to want to be the highest paid because he deserves it. I don't know if I explained that right, but I think you know what I am saying.

Kabowdos
07-18-2009, 11:00 AM
Personally I like it when players go for the money sometimes. It keeps it more fair. If guys start taking pay cuts and join each other the league will end up lop-sided. Imagine Wade and LeBron taking pay cuts and being on the same team or Kobe and Bron or any other crazy combo. I would never watch the NBA again.

That's why the Celtics getting the big 3 was the dumbest thing that happened. The team didn't get built. The trade for Ray Allen was reasonable and a good trade. Minnesota could have got a lot more of Kevin Garnett (Hall of Famer!!). The worst team in the league, becomes the best team in the league in one off season. Something is fcked up there.

Raidaz4Life
07-18-2009, 11:42 AM
depends on the circumstances

arkanian215
07-18-2009, 02:02 PM
not necessarily. you'd be more willing to spend more, but you would also want to earn more. it's also much easier to earn more money with more.

kidfury
07-18-2009, 02:27 PM
taking care of family is the most important thing in life so $ >> than ring

what was the comments that Sprewell made a few years ago about not making enough??? I do agree that athletes are spoiled and make a ton of money for playing a game but for sprewell to make such comments... some athletes definitely need to hire someone to take care of public relations

theuuord
07-18-2009, 03:04 PM
I don't think the economy is hurting too many NBA players. I don't know how many of them own stocks. Also even though gas prices may rise, they all drive Escalades anyway. I mean, our family hasn't even felt anything from the recession yet and we're not rich. I realize money is important, but I think it's gets to a point where a player has made so much money, doesn't have a ring, and will take a pay cut to get one. They're still going to be making millions.

I think you'd be surprised how much this economy has affected everyone.

When you live at that level of wealth, in a market that could crash at any moment, every million counts.

Sports Illustrator
07-18-2009, 03:21 PM
Money is definitely more important than a ring in the mindset of many athletes in the world, not just in the NBA. It is all a business. You will never see a young star player taking a tremendous pay cut to go to a championship contending team offering the MLE.

Once you have a lot of money, you are going to keep wanting more and more money. It will never be enough. Athletes also think about what they will do once they retire, so that's one of many reasons why it is extremely important for them.

Players like Ron Artest and Rasheed Wallace did take the pay-cut and signed for the MLE, but keep in mind that there weren't any other teams with cap space willing to spend a lot more money than the MLE to those guys.

feelie
07-18-2009, 07:15 PM
It's really funny how people always think that more money is the only or main thing that will make them happy then most realize it really doesn't make you much more happy.

junion
07-18-2009, 07:33 PM
the "kids" of the nba want money because they need money, and they're young. that's the attraction of the nba - fame and fortune

the "vets" of the nba want a ring. they already earned their millions, and they pretty much bought everything they wanted from when they first got into the nba, but there's one thing money can't buy - the ring... that's when the ring is the thing to get.

theuuord
07-18-2009, 08:16 PM
It's really funny how people always think that more money is the only or main thing that will make them happy then most realize it really doesn't make you much more happy.

tell that to ron artest, or rafer alston, or any one of these guys who grew up in poverty.

it's easy to say money doesn't make you happy when you have the privilege of having money.

Chronz
07-18-2009, 10:10 PM
Money, Rings, Level of Play, and location are the only things that matter to NBA players when deciding where to go.

DetroitRipCity
07-18-2009, 10:57 PM
money is more important to everyone except those that already have a lot of it...those people want a ring.

100% agree

dibacco59
07-18-2009, 11:16 PM
its all about the paper unless you have love for the game

BkOriginalOne
07-18-2009, 11:39 PM
Depends who you are.
I would settle for half a ring and half of the money.

rufo4100
07-19-2009, 09:37 AM
I'd want my money first...but if I was already a multi-millionaire then I'd probably give up some $$$$$$$$$ for a ring.