I don’t know about you but I would build my team around winners. At least players capable of making me one.
Sure Dwight’s been to the NBA finals and Revis has been to the AFC Championship, but they haven’t won. And the more important question is: can they?
Dwight plays center and Revis plays defensive back. Both are marginalized positions in their respective leagues. The most important positions in sports are the ones with the ball, and both Howard and Revis make their money without it. They are defensive specialists.
They have been to the top in their sports and haven’t won. Now they are past their prime and at the peak of their media attention. If I’m an owner I say “get rid of them, give me a winner.” Or at least several players capable of making me one.
Granted the NBA is a league of stars and Howard is bonified, but Dwight is also deva-fied.
Chris Brussard is reporting that Dwight isn’t happy with how he’s being used. Since when is basketball about how you’re being used? Demand the ball make a play. No major sport on earth is less dependent on coaching.
And Revis, talk about a diva. At least basketball is a sport that is proven to need divas. Football isn’t. Outside of Quarterback, there is no sport on earth less about the individual and more about the collective.
And when you’ve got a team without an offense, without a quarterback or playmaker? Make the trade. In Los Angeles when you’ve got a team starving for youth? Make the trade.
Return on investment is a legitimate concern. Howard and Revis are both marketable brand names and those are hard to find. But winning is even harder and there is value in youth.
Just look at the new NFL, littered with young NFL stars. Look at Boston, LA, San Antonio, and even Miami in the NBA…desperate for youth.
Veteren leadership has its perks, but when your veterans have a diva problem, you have to get younger. Sports are about winning and their is no award for sustaining mediocrity. Trade your fading stars, become a winner.
I would argue that Rajon Rondo getting injured is the best thing that could have happened to Boston. Now the organization and more importantly the fan base, can accept there is no chance at winning a championship.
Now Boston can strategically move forward by making the trades they need to get better in the long term. Teams that act in the present and in selling tickets will be left in the dust.
The best move the new Jacksonville Jaguars GM made was saying no to Tim Tebow. Success is never about the short term, it’s about sucking up the present and making the real moves you need to succeed. Tim Tebow doesn’t get you there, and to a lesser extent neither do Howard or Revis.
Sure those guys give you somebody to put on a billboard, but they aren’t transcendent players, and I’d rather take three gritty players over one marketable one.
Marketable players divide the locker room, create distractions, and typically underperform the hype. Underpaid, hungry players typically over perform, are respected and contribute to a locker room.
Never underestimate the value of the locker room. Real stuff happens in sports. Players have lives, problems, and temptations. This whole Tim Brown, the “Raiders threw the Super Bowl” story proves it more than ever.
These guys go out, meet girls, have egos, have knowledge of over teams…all this stuff is real. Ever see the show playmakers? That stuff is happening.
So given all that, spare me the divas. Sports is about winning and if I’ve got a star that isn’t going to get me there, let me trade him and give me some players that will.