I’m not alone in observing that former players don’t always make the best commentators, and in some cases perpetuate erroneous information and outdated mores. But there are extremely bright spots as well, such as the quirky and somewhat subversive Brent Barry.
On NBA TV Sunday night, as the rumors of a bi-conference, tri-time zone mega-trade hit the web, Barry and Steve Smith were asked what they thought about the proposed deal involving Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Derrick Favors and at least nine other players. Instead of answering whether the swaps “made sense” for the teams and stars involved, Barry felt compelled to defend the dignity of the minor players that would make the trade possible.
Barry pointed our that should the deal indeed go through, a gallery of players you may have never heard of like Quinton Ross, Anthony Morrow, Ben Uzoh, and Stephen Graham will be transplanted, along with their families, to a new home, school district, mortgage and community. The man we affectionately called “Bones” in Seattle shook his head and reminded the show’s host and audience that being an ancillary part of such a trade can be a major bummer.
It’s not without reason that we by and large consider NBA players to be the privileged few. They have been given enormous size and talents and are compensated in millions of dollars for displaying their abilities before the public. But the demands of their lifestyle are often viewed only from the positive side “they get all that cash, fly around in first class, travel the country, and are paid play hoops when they aren’t balling out off the court!”
This opinion is understandable, but I have to think being traded can