Thank Billy Corben. From now on, every athlete is going to get the ‘are you going to be broke in a year?‘ side-eye. Every player has their “time” and holding on for too long, when your time has clearly passed, is an irrefutable indication that he may be running out of money.
Just like with any other career, there comes a time when you should begin planning your retirement. It should appear to be graceful, calculated and a logical next step.
Your time is up or almost up when:
– You are lingering in free agency
– You sign to play overseas
– You signed to play with the Knicks
You know when you see the men with the comb-overs? They think they’re doing it and all you can think is, “wow, why can’t he just let it go?” That’s exactly the same thing I say when I see veterans with respectful histories holding on to their careers.
Here are the top five players that I think should hang it up.
1. Tracy McGrady– 7-time NBA All Stars should not be signing contracts to play in China. Are you broke Tracy?
2. Derek Fisher– One of the most knowledgeable point guards in the NBA should not be lingering in free agency. In my opinion, he never should’ve even left the Lakers. He seems like he has it together so I don’t think he’s broke…but is he?
3. Juwan Howard– He’s been in the league for 19 years! You know what? If the Heat are willing to sign him again, I don’t even blame him. Maybe he can come up to the Knicks for a few more seasons.
4. Ben Wallace– He certainly had quite a celebrated tenure in the league; won a championship, won a few Defensive POYs, 1st team All Star a number of times, and more. He just looks broke to me.
5. Kenyon Martin– Kenyon Martin was too much of a good time in his heyday to have any money saved.