Loyalty, LeBron, Paul, and Manning 7

It struck TheLongTalk today, a few days to late for this to be relevant, that the Colts should’ve caught a lot more crap for their handling of the Manning situation then they actually did.

Think about what that organization just did.  They let their Michael Jordan (Peyton Manning might not be Michael Jordan… but he is unquestionable the Michael Jordan of the Indianapolis Colts) walk away because he’s possibly hurt, he’d have cost them a ton of money, and they got themselves a new model coming in.

Why isn’t this as big a deal as LeBron moving away from his hometown and crushing all of Ohio on the way out?

Cause it seems to TLT that a big part of the LeBron problem was, people felt James didn’t appreciate what Cleveland had done for him.  They thought he wasn’t loyal.

James was criticized for leaving his team, for straying.  His loyalty was questioned.  But if he’d stayed and the Cavaliers had traded him the next season for Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant (an interesting trade idea buy the way) would anyone have questioned the loyalty of Dan Gilbert?

Shouldn’t loyalty be expected of the players and the management?

Just a couple of weeks ago there was talk on the interweb of Paul Pierce being available.  Boston was reported (either with merit or without) as entertaining offers, not making them, but of entertaining them for everyone.  Top-to-bottom, no one was off limits.  Now again, Paul Pierce isn’t Jordan, he’s not even really Larry Bird (in the hearts of many NBA fans) but he’s a Celtic.  He’s a Celtic through and through.

Doesn’t the Celtic’s organization owe it to Pierce to say, “We’re not accepting offers for Paul. Paul is a Celtic, Paul will always be a Celtic, until such a time that Paul decides he no longer wants to be a Celtic.”?

Some players (Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning, Derek Jeter) have done so much, earned so much money, made so many headlines, brought in so many people, for their organizations that they should be allowed (for loyalties sake) to spend their entire career in one place.

Shouldn’t loyalty be expected of the players and the management?

At the end of his Hall of Fame career, when his glory days were behind him, Hakeem Olajuwon wanted to play a couple more seasons.  He couldn’t make a deal happen with The Rockets (the only team he had ever played for, a team he lead to two NBA titles) and so he requested a trade.  He ended his career with the expansion Raptors.

For loyalties sake shouldn’t the Rockets have made that deal happen?  Shouldn’t they have given their franchise guy whatever he needed to make Olajuwon a Rocket for life?  Didn’t they owe him that?

And if not, does LeBron, or Garnett, or Melo, or Manning, or Howard owe anything to the teams that employee or employed them?

Shouldn’t loyalty be expected of the players and the management?

7 thoughts on “Loyalty, LeBron, Paul, and Manning

  1. Reply TheRoadTo90 Mar 23, 2012 6:39 pm

    Seems that loyalty is only expected from the player’s side, not vice versa.

    At the end of the day, it is a business, but Peyton basically resurrected that franchise on his shoulders. Seems to me he was owed a final shot, but then again, I’m not a billionaire professional sports team owner.

    In other news, Chipper Jones (of the Atlanta Braves) is finishing a 20-year career with one organization this season. So glad to see that.

  2. Reply # 12 Mar 27, 2012 5:13 pm

    Why would Chipper announce his retirement at the beginning of the season? Doesn’t make any sense to me. You think he would wait until the end, now its going to be a big sideshow and super big distraction for him and the whole team. Wait till the end of the season, I think this was a super selfish move by a classy guy. I don’t get it.

  3. Reply TheLongTalk Mar 27, 2012 9:00 pm

    It’s a goodbye tour. It shouldn’t be to distracting. It’s not like it’s a trade thing that could shakeup the team and could take other people with him… he’s just saying his goodbyes. TheLongTalk is cool with it.

  4. Reply # 12 Mar 28, 2012 4:02 pm

    I’m not, a goodbye tour is a huge distraction. Every new city you go to you’re going to be asked about it, your teammates are going to be asked about it, you’re manager is going to be asked about it. Not cool, Make it your own personal farewell tour, not a team distraction

  5. Reply TheLongTalk Mar 28, 2012 6:43 pm

    I don’t know, I think you’re overstating the distraction. We’ll probably have to agree to disagree, cause this is a issue of taste… but I can’t imagine a pro would be distracted a great deal by a goodbye tour.

    Much more distracting is the threat of trade. With a trade you have to move, your family might have to move or you might have to leave them behind, you might go with someone else for money matching purposes… and hate that person. You might go to a terrible team or a great one that expects more from you then your willing to provide.

    You have your life, it’s comfortable, then suddenly it’s changed. that would be distracting. But a teammate or yourself leaving is something different.

    It’s just a person leaving, not a huge deal.

  6. Reply TheRoadTo90 Mar 30, 2012 1:27 pm

    I’d say it’s not a big distraction. Baseball season is about 160 games long. Maybe in a sport where there are less games and less stops to each city, but I think it can also help the team, with a “hey, let’s win one for Chipper”, kind of attitude.

  7. Reply # 12 Mar 30, 2012 4:35 pm

    162 games and the more stops the more questions you and teammates get asked your retirement, not baseball, but the retirement, I’m not a fan of this at all. Tell your team, tell your coach, tell the owner, but don’t hold a I’m going to retire at the end of the season press conference in spring training…

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