A Player's Ego Worth Millions of Dollars

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  1. Delfino Delivers

    Delfino Delivers Bench Warmer

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    With the night that Rip had off the bench the other night it got me thinking.

    It seems universal that a player is willing to sacrifice millions just to have his name announced in the starting line up of an NBA Team if given the chance.

    The NBA is a league of stats. The better your numbers; the more you will be paid. Why would any player balk at coming off the bench and playing against 2nd line players?? If a player can put up 15 and 5 against the starting line ups in the league then he can probably put up 20 and 10 against the second string? NBA players are paid for their numbers.

    A prime example of this is Ben Gordon. He has always put up good numbers coming off the bench but that is against second string talent. IS this the reason that his numbers are down this year and last? Players can make a name and a lot of money for themselves but putting up stats.

    If Rip had been coming off the bench all year and had monster numbers like he did the other night; would he still be a Piston now or would someone have looked at his numbers and said; he is worth the money.

    Seems to me that some player's could make a ton more cash if they put their egos aside and concentrated on basketball rather then the spot light.
  2. BillLaimbeer

    BillLaimbeer All-Star 4x Fantasy Champion Forum Donor

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    Gordon's numbers were down last year because he was injured. This year, Gordon is shooting the ball pretty well. The main difference between Chicago and Detroit is the minutes (36 mpg vs 27 mpg). If Gordon had athletic teammates to set him up, his game could really flourish.

    That's a great point that you are making, by the way.
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    One begets the other Fino, in Rips case people would know he's a starter coming off the bench. And if you started putting up great numbers coming off the bench, it's just a matter of time before you get a good test against the starters. And if you you don't put solid #s up coming off the bench...bye-bye.
    ----I think most guys coming off the bench only get about 12 min. ? Of course that's never enough. I think most guys think "avoid the bench at all COSTS"
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    Can't discount the players that enjoy the spotlight and play better because of their egos. It's a two-way street, it's all about balance.

    Amare has a huge ego and loves the spotlight, that's why New York is a great fit for him. And he stands to make a ton more cash not putting his ego aside, but using it as fuel.
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    Sorry dude but look a little closer. Super subs are the only bench guys who are going to get fat paychecks, guys like Jason Terry and Lamar Odom. Super subs (and that is what we're asking of him, to come off the bench and play starter minutes) play a ton of minutes against 1st string players especially against championship contenders as most of those teams only go with 8 man rotations and their best players are going to be playing close to 40mpg.

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