Originally Posted by IncarceratedBob
The point of sports is to win rings for the team that drafted you
Where was this ever stated?
Why is it that people make a set of arbitrary "rules" like yours intended to diminish the accomplishments of others?
Are Shaq's rings diminished because he didn't accomplish them with the Magic? How about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Kevin Garnett? I fail to see why people have such an issue with how the Heat were assembled. It's fake outrage for people that didn't like the players to begin with.
It's not the fault of Shaq that they didn't put a team around him in Orlando that could win a championship. Same goes for Kareem, KG and Lebron. Some players are drafted into great situations, others are not. I'm sure all great players would love to go to great organizations, but they usually don't. That's why most of them either end up not winning any championships, or leave for greener pastures to win one.
It falls on the organization to build a championship team, the so-called "superteams." Great players by themselves can only do so much but *maybe* win a random ring every 10 years or so. The rest of those rings go to superteams. If a player wants that, it's his right. Maybe guys like Shaq, KG, and Lebron look at guys like Barkley, Drexler and Karl Malone and say they don't want to leave it to chance. Are any of those guys any less great because they didn't win a ring? I don't think so, they just played in the wrong era and waited too long to capitalize on their talent.
I really don't see why people critcize athletes for doing the thing that makes the most sense, being successful. It's as if you think they should sacrifice career satisfaction just to placate some ridiculous fan expectations. Players have to live with their career accomplishments (or lack thereof) for the rest of their lives. You as a fan will forget about him after they retire and move on to the next athlete. Why should they cater to what you think? It's their career, not yours.