Deflecting Failure, An American Passtime.

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ESPN.com reports that Bryan Colangelo has brought the heart of newly acquired Miami power forward Chris Bosh into question with the following statement, “I’m not even questioning Chris’ injury. I’m telling you he was cleared to play subject to tolerance on his part, and the tolerance just apparently wasn’t there and he chose not to play.”

With both Bosh and James now having been accused of giving up on their franchises, two-thirds of Miami’s talented big three have been called out by their former management.  And while Dan Gilbert’s rant was more in the realm of delusional gibberish from your ex lover, and Colangelo’s is more tempered, both point to the same thing – a need to scapegoat and the perfect opportunity to do so.

Cigar? Check. Gold Medal? Check. South Beach, here I come!

While this move is a Washington classic (talking politics folks here, not Arenas), it’s slowly seeping its way into sports as well.  Both Toronto and Cleveland share the same problems as a basketball town.  They are small markets.  As cities, they are not playgrounds for millionaire athletes.  Not American ones anyway, who prefer loud nightclubs, sleazy chicks,  and bottled booze to the cafe’s of Toronto and the brew pubs of Cleveland (RIP Presti’s Donuts, I love you more than anything).  They both have had two of best players at their position and failed to build a team around them that met the expectations.  That failure falls on management.  Management, as you may be aware, is notoriously bad for taking blame, and notoriously good at dishing it out.

The move is pretty shrewd.  It inoculates management from the type of brutal hatred that we saw in New York when Isiah was in charge of the moves.  It takes, in these cases, seven years of failure and shoves all the resentment and frustration of that time into a moment, or moments that were the culmination of that failure – not the cause.  The move is shifting the blame that the entire franchise should share (and some [me, for example] would argue that the blame should mostly be assigned to management) and tossing it all one player on his way out.  It’s pretty crass, considering the hundreds of millions both Cleveland and Toronto wanted to hand out to these so-called quitters.

Statements like these, made after players are already gone clearly serve only one purpose: ass-saving.  Afterall, if you failed to produce for seven straight years the way Toronto and Cleveland have, you’d have explaining blaming to do too.

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4 Responses to “Deflecting Failure, An American Passtime.”

  1. jpalumbo Says:

    We always blame the last employee to leave for an inordinate amount of things – missing files, computer viruses, exploding toilets… Damn it, Fred the temp!

  2. High Above Courtside Says:

    According the the ESPN article that got pulled, Bron Bron is having a better time in Vegas than he will in South Beach. Now Vegas, (and New orleans) those are REAL plyground for millionaire atheletes

  3. pmadavi Says:

    Bron Bron will be having excellent time for many years to come. He’s gonna be a one man gravy train.

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