Top NBA players in no-win situation with their teams
Well there are a number of big NBA players who aren’t all about winning either. Some might cite loyalty or contract issues while other may be patiently waiting for their team to workout n acceptable trade. Some just get insane amounts to play on a losing team or burden the load of a crumbling dynasty.
Whatever it may be (and at most times the players have less say in the matter), there are a handful of big stars who are in a no-win situation with their teams.
Here’s a look at the top big players within the league in a no-win situation.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
Arounjd four years ago when the Portland Trail Blazers won 54 games, averaged in double -digits and had five young potential starting players in Brandon Roy, Nicolas Batum, Rudy Fernandez, Travis Outlaw, Greg Oden and LaMarcus Aldridge all under 25, the team looked set for the future.
But five year later, the Portland Trail Blazers haven’t advanced beyond round one in the playoffs and their wins total just keeps getting worse each season. The Portland Trail Blazers finally hit bottom with the firing of coach Nate McMillan last season and since the team has been in a rebuilding phase.
Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge remain from the four year ago promising roster. Brandon Roy and Greg Oden left due to career-ending injuries. Rudy Fernandez headed for Europe and Travis Outlaw never really matured to his promised capacity and his currently with his third-team in two years.
The Portland Trail Blazers have LaMarcus Aldridge for $43.9 million over the next three season and though he’s become the core of the franchise, its not his role. LaMarcus Aldridge may e a great offensive player, aggressive rebounder and post defender but he lacks the force to lead the offense.
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunders
The Oklahoma City Thunders brewed this one up themselves by trading James Harden.
Although Russell Westbrook is arguably amongst the top ten players and one of the elite points guards in the NBA, he never gets credit for a win and the situation looks to only get worst.
Somehow the Oklahoma City Thunder have always looked up to Kevin Durant as the man who led them to victory while Russell Westbrook is always blamed for not putting in too much in each loss.
Had James Harden still been here the Oklahoma City Thunder had solid chance of contending from the West, especially after last season’s finals and the team would have a championship.
But the Oklahoma City Thunder chose to ship off James Harden in a trade to the Houston Rockets and Kevin Martin just won’t do for the job. A no-win situation indeed.
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony self-sabotaged by moving his way out of Denver Nuggets with a New York Knicks coach he couldn’t develop an understanding with and roster that he couldn’t gel with.
The New York Knicks owners harbor a lot of priorities other than just winning and team has secured just one championship title in the last 12 years. Additionally the New York Kicks roster is older, injury prone and less athletic this season. Since the New York Knicks haven’t made past round one playoffs in a while Carmelo Anthony could be headed to another no-win situation this season.