David Griffin did so much for the Cleveland Cavaliers organization as a whole, including taking home the first championship in organization history. While he is not with the Cavs anymore, he still has a lot of insight on the Cleveland team that the average fan would not. With Kyrie Irving recently requesting a trade and leaving the entire NBA in disbelief, Griffin offered these thoughts on his actions:
“I don’t think this is youth and ignorance. This is a guy who handled the situation like he was supposed to. He went to Dan Gilbert privately, told him that he thought he would happier somewhere else. The absolute worst thing this guy could have done was pretend to be all in and sink the ship within. Most guys don’t have the courage to do what he did. So, that’s not youth and ignorance. That’s a little bit more courage than people give him credit for.”
Griffin could not have been more spot on with his comments. So often, we forget that there are far more factors that come into play for NBA players when making career decisions than just the team simply selecting the team they will play for.
After all, NBA players face similar decisions that any other person in normal professions have to. Whether the team they will join will be in a city that will fit their family; whether the financial situation is beneficial for them; whether they join will have good enough chemistry to be successful.
I could go on and on.
Any player, or any person in any profession for that matter, has the right to explore other options in the workplace if they desire to do so. Putting these terms into normal business vernacular simplifies the entire conversation.
We do NBA players a disservice by overlooking the influx of factors that could affect their decision on what team they want to join. Just step back and look at this from a macro perspective instead of just focusing on solely the basketball side of things.