‘Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.’
George Bush may have got this old proverb a little wrong when he used it during his presidency, but despite the mangled execution, even the version he gave held some value.
It’s about learning from mistakes and gaining insight from experience as well as the importance of trust in any relationship.
The reason I bring this up is that I honestly believe these two short sentences should be blown up or writ large on the wall of every office occupied by every NBA General Manager across theUSA.
Why? Simply because there has been a lot of fooling going on recently.
People will say the madness of the current microwave free agency period and the diminished amount of time teams have to fill, let alone finalise their rosters, before tip off on Christmas Day, has forced franchises into a corner of odd decision making which I will call The Kwame Zone (stay with me).
They have money they have to spend and moves they seemingly have to make. There are not that many (good) players available. Somebody has to play, right?
The maths does itself. It may not be long term money, but it is still big money.
It’s the reason the Golden State Warriors have agreed a one year, $7million contract with the infamous Kwame Brown.
All I can take from this is that the entire Golden Stat Warriors front office has never, ever, seen him play. That is the only feasible explanation.
And here’s me thinking the lockout was at least partially about cutting down on bad contracts, urging owners to act ‘responsibly’, protecting them from themselves.
Look’s like that was an effort in futility.
Now I know teams have to spend a certain amount (here’s looking at you Sacramento), but if you are telling me there isn’t a better way to spend $7million this season I got two words for you: Try Harder.
I mean seriously. Watch theKobevideo.
Other teams which have descended into the madness of the Kwame Zone this week include the Los Angeles Lakers who gave up Lamar Odom, Sixth Man of the Year and one of the League’s most versatile forwards, to the defending champion Dallas Mavericks for a second round pick and a trade exception.Kobe’s not happy and can you blame him. That’s just ridiculous.
Perhaps wary of receiving such a huge portion of good fortune and not wanting to use up too many good karma points in one go, the Mavericks did a good deed of their own, gifting the Denver Nuggets with Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer for a future second round pick. Thanks Mark! You really shouldn’t have!
Firmly in the Kwame Zone,Portlandsigned Greg Oden for one year at $8.7million. I’m out. That’s all I’m saying.
Despite the negativity (who me?), there have also been some good deals in the past seven days. I like Nene re-signing inDenverfor five years at $67million. He is a top 5 center and the Nuggets helped him through some tough times. Glad he stayed.
I also like what the Los Angeles Clippers have been doing, signing Caron Butler for three years at $24million, picking up Chauncey Billups off waivers (assuming he goes for it) and re-signing Blake Griffin’s bestie DeAndre Jordan for four years at $43million.
They have a team now. Billups, Eric Gordon,Butler,Griffin, Jordon, as well as some capable bench players. And they have the Timberwolves unprotected first rounder in next year’s draft.
Just praying they don’t give it all up for a certain point guard.
Oh and in the biggest no-brainer so far, Shane Battier joined the Miami Heat. I like this move.