Summer of 2011: Free Agency / Trades

Discussion in 'Pistons and NBA' started by Walter, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. pass99

    pass99 All-Star Forum Donor

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    Ah yes. The owners are riding an ideological thrust that is not and never will have contained borders. They dream of singular power and most rightful ownership. Too late.

    As the lockout continues, and the further it's reach into perhaps a full season; it might behoove them to think about influential openings as perceived. It has to start somewhere. Associations are not lonely crowds and it has been televised.

    Rudy was given more. The barrier has now been broken.

    Others will follow.

    As Tillich already saw in pre-World War II Europe and as we are seeing today, once the vast powers of institutions become free-floating, subject only to the decisions of leaders who are themselves out of control, The Demonic takes over in full force. The structure of power descends over men, and has its way with them. The institutions literally run under their own weight, pulled ahead by the ominous overhanging cloud of power. Nothing that any one individual or any any small group, can do, seems to be any avail---matters only seem to get worse. The reason is that as long as a general consensus is maintained, the main manipulators of power direct themselves to eliminating anything that hinders the smooth flow of the largest body of power. Individual and small groups of the dissidents only serve to arouse the anxiety of the masses, and since the masses do not control the power, their anxiety gives an even greater mandate to the leaders to use the power without restraint. We might say that both the helplessness of the masses and their heightened anxiety in the face of social conflict give the leaders a double mandate. What seems to happen is that small pockets of power cancel themselves out---left against right, young against old, small group against small group---while the main thrust of power grows in its coerciveness. This is very much like what happened in the rise of Fascism in pre-World War II Europe, and what is happening in the United States today, and all this, as we said, because there is not the broadest possible base of control, an anchoring of power in as many subjectivities as there are those who fashion it---this would check and balance it, as the early theorists of democracy saw. Instead, the new structures of power churn on and jerk the huge conglomerates of modern man.

    Ernest Becker, Angel in Armor: A Post Freudian Perspective on the Nature of Man (The Free Press, Paperback edition, 1975, pg. 114)
     
  2. BallDon'tLie

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    I started skimming the Rumors section on HoopsHype yesterday and it was basically a rundown of middle-class NBA guys that were considering bolting to Europe.

    This lockout could really empty the benches of the NBA at some point.
     
  3. Ernie the Slow Adult

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    That's what happens when you don't sign your bench players to 5yr 80 million dollar contracts like the Pistons do.
     
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    A guy looking for a new deal may leave to play in Europe. Not a good plan especially if he gets hurt over there...If Stuckey went to Turkey, imagine what his "Super Collider" T-shirt would look like...I'd buy one just to wear to the PF 10th anniversary party...
     
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    Yea, plus if AI can't make it in Turkey, how is D-Will ever going to make it?
     
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    AI didn't like the food...

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  9. Walter

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    You said it man!

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    If this goes through with him actually playing, with option come back and play when the NBA season starts, you could potentially see other big named stars test the European market along with the scrubs....If 5+ higher tier players imply or even do what Williams is doing, you may see the owners "blink" and decide to relax some of their demands/requirements and the season could start sooner than expected. ....maybe...
     
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    Don't know about Deron, but I'm heading to Istanbul tonight via Heathrow. If I see him I'll try for an interview.
     
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    Is it Istanbul or Constantinople?
     
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    Yea, he has had quite the journey to get where he is now. He is under contract with the Pistons for the next 2 years at $3.5 million a season.
     
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    Darn it, I was just thinking today that my next prediction for the Nostradamus thread was that Tayshaun Prince will be a Detroit Piston next year. Totally stole my thunder.
     

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