Tuesday, October 16, 2007
A good reason to sign an NBA player to a multi-million dollar deal
Gone are the days where National Basketball Association (NBA) players were able to sign outlandish contracts such as that of the Los Angeles Lakers star Earvin "Magic" Johnson's nonsensical 1984 deal that proposed to pay him "a million dollars a year for next 25 years" to a pair of astronomical 1993 rookie deals that gave then Golden State Warriors' forward/center Chris Webber a 15-year $74.4 million dollar contract and then Orlando Magic guard Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway a "100% guaranteed" 13-year $68 million dollar contract.
These days, the most "stars" can get is a 5 to 6 year deal depending on several factors. But not everyone can get a great deal and that's where this story begins.
Mercury News sports writer and blogger Tim Kawakami has been watching the NBA Golden State Warriors for quite some time. In this particular entry, Kawakami described a really funny story involving several of the Warriors' international players, forward/center Andris Biedrins (now GSW's starting center) and forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (out of the NBA).
"Best story with Andris is when I asked him a couple years ago if the Warriors should pay Tskitishvili to stick around. "Yes!" Biedrins said immediately. Why? "Because he's COOL!" Biedrins said. That's worth what? I said. "Millions," Biedrins said. "Come on, being cool is worth a couple million." And damn, he almost convinced me. Didn't convince the Warriors, though."
Hehehe...now if only life were that easy we would all be cool and millionaires to boot :)