The NBA season was almost lost this past year because the players and owners could not come to an agreement over the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The league was claiming to lose money every year and they wanted a more competitive balance in the league after seeing super teams being constructed in the major cities.
Right now, however, it’s possible that the new CBA may have been all for not. "You can talk about the new (luxury) tax all you want, but if the Lakers get Nash and the Nets get Howard, then what did the new CBA accomplish?" one GM said. "You have to realize part of long-term planning is making sure you don't help create teams you can't beat."
And with the signings that some teams have already made, what’s the point of having a regular season game where the Miami Heat play the Charlotte Bobcats? Why don’t we just jump to the playoffs where the Heat play the Lakers or Thunder for the championship? Why not just skip the formalities?
There are some that believe that the new CBA calls for some patience and that there is no need to overreact in the first two years or so. Many believe that teams are willing to overpay for players right now because the available free agents in the years to come are not as promising; making it hard to say if the current over expenditures that are taking place will pay dividends or haunt teams in the future.
But for now, it just seems like the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The new rules haven’t scared teams from irrationally signing players to bad contracts and from superstars holding their current team’s hostage by demanding trades to only 1 or 2 teams in the league.
The NBA has always been a player’s league, but the new CBA was supposed to create more parity between owners and players. Unfortunately, that hasn’t come to much fruition yet.