Lakerman JSJ wrote:
tigerjeterkobe wrote:It is obvious that he just wants to ride out this year risk free, to get his big contract. Then he will start beasting again, trying for loose balls, boxing out, skying for boards, and playing through dings, etc. This is a contract year for him, so his agent and camp are preaching one thing and one thing only -- don't get hurt! That is the basis for all of his comments about "protecting himself and his future." If he suffered a knee or serious back injury, he would stand to lose 100 million dollars.
He doesn't care didly about the playoffs or a ring, not this year. This year for him is just about staying healthy and getting that pay day. Period. He will continue to half-arss it and side on sitting out. Making the playoffs is last on his priorities list. We just have to accept it and look to next season, I guess.
You make some interesting points that make a lot of sense. I hadn't really looked at it in that way (always assuming he'd get max dollars no matter what), but I suppose if his injury has that kind of catastrophic potential, then this line of thinking would be quite feasible. Kinda sickening, but feasible.
As an attorney, that would be what I would be advising him. don't risk it!! The shoulder injury is not to serious of a concern, but the back certainly is, since without his athleticism he would be nothing. The way this league overpays for big men makes his risk a low one, but it is there. Look at Bynum, I have said for months that he should take the extension and not risk injury and losing his status as a max player. that was on the assumption that he would play this year. he may just ride it out now and hope that Philly or somebody else still pays him. But on Dwight, listening to him talk, it reaks of spinning from the advice his camp is giving him about protecting his future. He is playing conservatively -- and it is not just about his back.
Anyway, be careful not to say too many nice things to me. Puff may not like you anymore.