Risk Versus Reward
The lockout ensues in the NBA as the owners and the players cannot come to an agreement on how to share the revenue. Now comes the news that New Jersey Nets PG Deron Williams plans to play in Turkey if the lockout continues. I understand how much Williams would like to play and make some money, but this is a bad idea.
Basketball is a game of competitiveness and skill. Basketball is also a game of chance. Like any sport, there’s always a chance of injury. In this unique circumstance, the players aren’t bound to their contracts and they can play, if they like, overseas at least until the lockout is over. Injuries are a part of any sport and I know they can happen at anytime, but I don’t think I would chance millions overseas.
Injuries are not the only thing going through some of these player’s minds. Players, whether they admit it or not, are thinking about the potential of missing a paycheck. For some players, that paycheck missed could mean foreclosure on their house or their car repossessed. They need the money. But for other players like Williams, money isn’t the issue. Williams does have a wife and kids here in America, so what if they don’t want to go to Turkey? Would he still go? Could he take being that far away from his wife and kids?
As Williams sits and thinks about the decision that needs to be made, all these thoughts must be going through his mind. The decision seemed pretty easy at first when glancing at the issue. But when you take a further examination of the decision, its harder than you could ever imagine. In my mind, because of the risk involved with injuries and family issues, I think going to Turkey to play is a bad idea for Deron Williams.