Loyalty, Loyalty, Loyalty

By on October 3, 2017

In the NBA there are two types of players: The loyal players and the ring chasers. The loyal players tend to stay with the team that drafted them no matter what adversity they may face in their chase for an NBA championship. Players such as Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird fit this mold. There are superstars in the NBA that preached loyalty and have stayed with their organization for either a majority of their career, or their whole tenure in the NBA. Ring chasers are usually veterans coming to the end of their career wanting to win a championship, so they join a contending team. They tend to take pay cuts and sign 1-year veteran contract hoping to win a championship. We have recently seen it with David West, who took severe pay cuts, but was able to win a championship with the Golden State Warriors.

Why Are We Discussing Loyalty?

Last year the movement of Kevin Durant to the Warriors left a bitter taste in the mouth of NBA players and fans. Kevin Durant is a former MVP, in his prime, and arguably the best player in the NBA. He joined a team that went 73-9, setting a NBA record, and were clearly the best team in the NBA. Kevin Durant was hungry for a championship and with his MVP performance in the 2017 NBA finals he was able to fulfill his goal of winning a championship.

Now, What’s the difference between a player chasing a ring in their prime rather than chasing a ring as a veteran slightly out of their prime? Of course everyone likes to see the iconic storyline of a player getting drafted to an organization and going through years of adversity before bringing the city a championship. The classic era of the Jordan’s bulls, Magic’s Lakers, and Bird’s Celtics have changed. It is now acceptable to have a superteam in today’s NBA. Kevin Durant’s move has caused a ripple effect in the NBA.

Durant got brutally criticized for his move to Golden State, but this offseason we have seen similar movements. Paul George and Carmelo joined MVP Russell Westbrook. Chris Paul joined James Harden who also had an MVP-caliber season. Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague joined Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins in Minnesota, which could be considered an up-and-coming superteam. Finally, Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder, and Dwyane Wade joined LeBron James and the three-time Eastern Conference Champions the Cleveland Cavaliers. All of these teams seem like super teams, and all of these players made these moves in hopes of winning a championship. Dwyane Wade, Paul George, Jimmy butler, and Chris Paul never received any grief for their offseason decisions, so does loyalty really matter in NBA?

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The Bottom Line

The NBA is a business at the end of the day, and sometimes loyalty doesn’t exist if it’s the right business move. With all of these new superteams forming in hopes to take down teams like the Warriors and the Cavaliers, it will be hard to remain loyal and achieve your desired goals. This is a new era in the NBA and joining a superteam, or creating a super team, may be the only way to win Championship.

1 Comment

Victor Porter

October 5, 2017 @ 10:19


Good post man. Too much players switching teams and not enough loyalty. Seriously what happened to toughing it out to win but now guys just want to form super teams and take the easy way out to win

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