5. "As far as people saying they're "all for them" the point is that..." In response to Reply # 0
most players don't decide until the off-season the to hang it up. Dirk's situation was unique he's probably the last star to spend his entire career with the same thing. Wade got to go back "home" to Miami for a fairy tale ending. Most players spend their final years like Paul Pierce bouncing around to different teams as role players trying to get that last check. I think Hakeem spent his last season in Toronto.
Will more players start to announce their retirement at the start of or during the season to have the farewell tour? I feel like it my start to get cheesy at that point...
He announced his retirement before the season and YOU took that to mean he wanted a farewell tour. Nothing more, nothing less. Find me ONE thing Pierce has said about having/not having a farewell tour.
20. "RE: Yeah I was thinking the money is a lot different now, most of the st..." In response to Reply # 19
>have 9 figure contracts are making $30-40mil a season so >hopefully we won’t see any of those guys bouncing from team >to team chasing vet minimum checks at the end of their >careers. > >Wade and Dirk took huge pay cuts to finish their careers with >the teams they started with. I don’t know if any of the >current guys egos will allow them to do that.
For most of em, they'll do it if they have the right situation.
They COULD avoid that altogether by quitting a few years before it's time, but then again..the 35 million per year deals cats are signing will be hard to turn down even if you're in year 4 of 5 and they know they suck. And hell, dudes are comfortably taking weeks off at a time mid-season like they work up in an office. So yeah, maybe scratch that quitting early theory!
If 'taking a deal' nowadays meaning signing a 3 for 36, dudes are gonna keep playing if they feel like it. The only folks that are gonna lay it down are the Melo types who have shit on their names AND a gang of money to plug their ears with.