Everyone is aware of the apparent venomous behavior of Ben Gordon and how as a result the Charlotte Bobcats needs to ship him out. I totally disagree. It has become all too easy for a player to behave badly and as a result get traded. The solution to the problem of disgruntled players should be solved in the same manner as it is in the real world. Suck it up, stick it out or get fired. I'm all for guaranteed contracts when players are hurt, or even when they are let go by teams for no real reason. But I severely oppose a team being forced to get rid of them or paying them just because they have a temper tantrum. It's ridiculous.
Gordon should be happy because he is grossly overpaid for doing absolutely nothing. His performance has steadily declined this season, and despite of his so called experience he has failed to help the Bobcats when they needed him most. With the guard making an astounding $12.4 million this season and $13.2 million in 2013-14 it's difficult to understand why he is upset. No one likes to be on a bad team, no one likes to lose but if you are a professional getting paid millions instead of having a temper tantrum and showing disrespect to the organization that pays you the least you could do is try to show some kind of gratitude. How about trying to play hard, being a leader to the young players, show a little class and maybe another team will pick you up. It’s absurd to even contemplate that another team would even consider someone who behaves in such a crude manner but unbelievably it is not only going to happen but is expected.
Players like Dwight Howard have a knack of pouting, playing with no effort or intensity, criticizing the coach and as a result get exactly what they want but not deserve. Many players stick it out on unwanted teams, in cities they don’t like, and in circumstances that are not ideal without complaint. This is a growing trend that needs to be stopped. Children are learning that bad behavior is rewarded, and in the real world that isn't the case most of the time. Mediocrity will not be compensated.
It's not at all likely that my suggestion will be used or even acknowledged for that matter but I will express it anyway. Instead of trading him if his numbers, work ethic and attitude don’t improve then he should be suspended without pay, and then ultimately relieved of his services without the remainder of his contract. It's that simple. Isn't that what would happen to most people if their performance diminished? It's ludicrous to think that we be promoted for doing a bad job. Yet in the NBA they are not only promoted but put on a pedestal and celebrated. If you can't do your job or you don't want to do your job then you will receive a recompense for your actions rather than compensation for their lack of such.