Why can't the complaining owners see it? The new small-market model. A balanced roster.
Check out the potential Hornets starting roster:
If they sign David West, too?
Why is the NBA holding up this deal? This is an early model of the new CBA small-market approach to winning. It's a small-market balanced roster model vs. the big-market 3 superstar roster model. The Hornets can afford this roster, but not the 3 superstar model. Tell me, can a big-market 3 superstar model beat the small-market balanced model? This small-market model exposes weaknesses in the 3 superstar model.
What is holding up this deal? Small-market teams can only dream to have a balanced roster to compete with the 3 superstar roster. This is the competitive balance that the lock-out was all about. The small-market balanced roster model forces teams to play basketball the right way. This model is much like the Spurs' model. The Spurs had capable players who committed to play the game the right way, and made stars out of Tony Parker and Ginobli.
Get it? They made stars out of Parker and Ginobli. Championships made stars out of Parker, Ginobli, Billups, Hamliton, and Prince. Team ball made these players stars when they won championships.
Paul is a league superstar. He hasn't won anything. Anthony is a league superstar. He hasn't won anything. Amare is the same as those two. It two philosophical approaches to the game. The big-market approach and the small-market approach.
Sometimes the league makes superstars and sometimes championships makes stars.
Let them go at it! It's the competitive balance that the lock-out was all about.
The Hornets, right now, are owned by the league. The Hornets are a small-market team. The lock-out was about creating competitive balance for small-market teams. This situation is just what the doctor, the league, ordered and now they reject it? The idea of creating competitive balance wasn't just to punish luxury tax paying teams; it was to allow small-market teams to gather assets in return for losing league superstars to the big-markets. Lamar Odom, Scola, Martin, and Dragic fulfill that idea.
APPROVE THE DEAL!