The only true con is the amount of work you have to put in to remain in the league. People don't realize who good these players are and how diffucult it is to play on that level. Even the so-called scrubs and bench warmers are better than 99% of all basketball players in the world.
Translation: Bucks fan crying about Yi. So sad. Maybe, considering all indications were that his handlers wouldn't let him play in Milwaukee, your team could have taken the initiative and either dealt the pick to a team that wanted him or drafted a player who would play for your team. I agree it's unfortunate that the athletes can hold this kind of sway, but it's nothing new. Your team was stupid and now they're paying for it. Hopefully you end up with decent value from the pick.
PROS: The money (obviously), the opportunity to travel across the country and see various cities/arenas, playing a game for a living, having the platform to make a different that professional basketball provdes.
CONS: Not friendly for family life, hard to tell who your real friends are, or who just likes you for your money, being under constant scrutiny
Your team was stupid and now they're paying for it.
No they aren't. Only thing stupid is Yi thinking he's bigger than the NBA and can change the rules instead of accepting them.
As you can clearly see in this thread, the NBA has pros and cons just like any other career in the world. In the end, it's a far better job than just about anything else in existence, and most people would jump at the chance. If Yi really values working in a certain city over making millions of dollars to play a pro sport though, that's his personal choice. Without the NBA he may not be able to get a Visa to work in the United States, but it's still possible. There are a lot of farming jobs in California that unskilled workers like him can land - his big city dreams don't neccesarily have to die.
- "Money, cash, hoes. Money, cash, hoes."
- You can be a benched nobody and still get paid more than a doctor.
- You can stamp your place in history.
- You get to go all around the world.
- You get to meet famous people and do once-in-a-lifetime things.
- Fan criticism.
- High expectations.
- Bad images can be built overnight.
- Everything you do is watched by everything.
- Less family time.
- Physically demanding.
As a famous athlete, you can't take your family out anywhere. No trips to six flags, the beach, or hell...........even McDonalds. Think Michael Jordan could take his kids back in the day to get a happy meal? The main reason why they build such large mansions is b/c they know that if they venture outside of them, they are gonna get mobbed. Might as well as happy PLENTY of creature comforts
If you love the game of basketball, I don't really see a lot of cons..Have a good support system, don't go out and club or party everynight. Hang out with the same ppl, stay true to who you were before you were in the NBA. With all that damn money, I don't see where there'd be any problems... Just don't act like a thug or gangsta and you'll be fine.. it's always thoughs who put themselves in certain positions that bring more con's to them