USA Today Story
Marbury rejoins Knicks after fine of more than $180,000
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephon Marbury grinned as he made his way down the hall to the New York Knicks' locker room, back in the fold but out some $182,000 because of a fine.
After skipping the game in Phoenix the previous night, Marbury flew from New York to Los Angeles to join the Knicks for their Wednesday night game against the Clippers.
According to the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, players are docked 1/110th of their salaries for a missed game without a reasonable excuse. With Marbury scheduled to earn $20.1 million this season, that would be about $182,800.
Let me start out by saying I AIN'T MAD AT THE BROTHER ONE BIT. If someone paid me $180,000 for about 2 hours worth of work you know I would be on it. However - if you allow some people to tell it we are not in the days of "Marbury Making $180k Game"......we are STILL in the days of "Marbury vs Madison" as Black people.
For me personally - I rarely pay for full priced entertainment tickets. Transferring my wealth out of my pocket over to a high priced group of prima donnas just is not my thing. This goes for $75 for a "Beyonce" ticket or $1,500 for a "Hanna Montana" ticket or $65 to see one of the sorry sports teams that we have play. I am good for getting free tickets and hanging out though.
Despite all of this we will not hear the "usual suspects" attack the capitalism that is at work with Stephon Marbury though. This man rose from the projects of Coney Island only to make it big. I give him his props in that he recently released a discount shoe line that is aimed at undercutting the ripoff prices that Nike and Adidas charges those who are into hype.
Though the clock of an NBA game has 60 minutes on it, a game typically lasts about 2 hours. So to break it down for you Mr. Marbury makes:
$90,000 per hour
$1,500 per minute
$25 per second
Surely THIS is a "misallocation of resources"......right Black PROGRESSIVES?
If the Iraq War is a government misallocation then think of the fact that it is not a CONGRESS and a PRESIDENT who is making the spending decision that you have no direct control over........YOU choose to take the money out of your wallet and hand it over to see the Knicks play or Beyonce strut her stuff. Many of these same people are also complaining about the age of the text books in their schools.
It is refreshing to know that only the Corporate CEO's millions are under scrutiny. Despite the fact that he often has 50,000 people employed for him while these folks only have their posse it is the "good feelings" that they deliver that makes their salaries justified while the evil CEO is no doubt EXPLOITING all of his workers by selling their work effort at a price that is higher than what he paid them.