For the last couple of weeks, there has only been one thing on my mind: the NBA. After sifting through many various topics that I would find ‘appealing’ to a reader, I realized that it is engrained in me to talk about what I cannot get out of my head. Being an avid basketball fan for my entire life, I’ve had an anger and resentment towards the NBA since the ‘decision,’ where, for those who don’t know, Lebron James decided to leave his home team (Cavaliers) for a place where he would receive help (the Heat). My problem was that up until now I could not figure out why I was so angry with Lebron. Despite the COLOSSAL failure of the ‘decision,’ he took less money to play with the best teammates the league has to offer. This has led to a domino effect where players are teaming up together to become super teams. Not only are the best players in the league playing together, but also they are demanding to do so. This is the real reason I am infuriated with the NBA. It is not Lebron leaving for the Miami Heat; it is the fact that he can do so with such ease. The reason being that commissioner David Stern has lost control of the league and has failed to set boundaries. He has suddenly become a dictator that the players do no respect. The NBA just had a lockout two weeks ago to solve the problem of ‘super teams.’ That was one of the main reasons of the lockout right? David Stern had lost control not only of the players, but the owners too. He failed to create a fair system that promotes parody over power, and we will all pay the price. While I am not in favor of the current status of the NBA, isn’t it impossible to argue that what Lebron and Carmelo have done is wrong, when their leadership did not stop them?
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I personally believe there is one reason and one reason only why these super teams are being created, which is David Stern losing control and trying too hard to dictate. David Stern in the last decade has become what Hobbes believes society needs, which is a strict dictator. His latest power trip has popped up after he vetoed great? Chris Paul trades to the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers in the last week. When a leader fears that he has lost respect and power, he tries even harder to establish fear in his people. This is exactly what David Stern has done, and the problem with Hobbes’ philosophy as a whole.
So what would philosopher Thomas Hobbes think about the fact of players teaming up with one another? Would he believe that David Stern has caused them to do this? While his hope for an absolutist dictator sounds good in theory, in real life it does not work. Hobbes believed in his philosophy that there would be one person in power dictating the liberties of everyone else. In the case, it seems that the players have adapted Hobbes view and made themselves the ones who dictate the future of the league. More importantly, what would Hobbes say about David Stern’s current job as commissioner? Would he agree that Stern’s strict philosophy caused the failure of the lockout?