Should Athletes Be Banned From Recruiting Talent?
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As the end of the NBA season approaches, the behind-the scenes recruiting of potential teammates has also begun. While basketball and other leagues frown upon owners, general managers and coaches discussing players from other teams, the interactions between players are no longer regulated as they once were by the unwritten rules of sports. As a result, athletes are courted weeks or even months before their contracts expire as if they were high school players about to sign a letter of intent. Is this good for basketball or any of the other major sports; or should the practice of recruiting among players be banned?
As anyone who has heard the “old school” Hall of Famer Charles Barkley talk on TNT, NBA players from his era and earlier would never have dreamed about teaming up in order to win titles together. There was never talk of Larry Bird going to the Lakers or Magic Johnson forcing a trade to the Celtics.
Finally got to share the floor with @StephenCurry30! Well overdue and I loved every single second!! #GreatestShooterOfAllTime #ChangedHowTheGameIsPlayedByHimselfAlone #RespectBeyondWords #JustSomeKidsBornInAKRON🤴🏾
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 8, 2021
Nowadays, however, even players like LeBron James are not above recruiting stars from other teams, such as Steph Curry, who still has one more season left on his contract with the Golden State Warriors. James, who wants to win as many rings as he can before he retires, tweeted after this year’s All-Star game, “Finally got to share the floor with @StephenCurry30! Well overdue and I loved every single second!! #GreatestShooterOfAllTime.”
Unlike in the past, today’s athletes are too familiar, and even too friendly with each other. Players are often introduced to each other by those who work for them, such as agents and other professionals away from the game, with those people often having the ear of the athletes, and the ability to deliver messages to the athletes they advise. What you end up with is a player like Anthony Davis forcing his way to Los Angeles to play with LeBron James, and the Lakers and winning an NBA championship.
With “super teams” making for great conversation but not being able to win titles as much as they should, the NBA and other leagues may not think they need to ban athletes from recruiting their friends to come play with them … but they should.
Since we are in the era where everyone is friendly with just about everyone else in every league, teams who have a hard time keeping star players will always be worried that good teams who want to become great will cherry pick their lone star to build their “super team.”
While I agree that players are at a disadvantage early in their professional careers by not being able to pick the team they play for because of the draft system, having rumors of their potential departure follow them around for months or even an entire season is not good for them or the league they play in.
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