David West Thinks Being With The Spurs This Year Has Been Well Worth The $11 Million He Left On The Table
This is the face I made when I read this tweet...
Look, I get it. The Spurs, not surprisingly, are having a great year. David West has more than enough money in his bank account. The decision he made - to walk away from 11 million dollars - was made knowing he was doing so with the intent of giving himself a better chance to win a championship. He now, undoubtedly, has that chance. However, let's not act like a great record in 62 regular season games is worth "probably more" than one million dollars, never mind eleven million dollars. I don't care how much fun he's having. I don't care how much he's learned from Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich. His season, to this point, isn't worth a goddamn thing. The worth of David West's shocking choice will be decided when the postseason is over, and if it doesn't end with a Spurs championship then that choice is one that will end up being deep in the red. Anything less than a title and his end of the stick is going to appear shorter than Peter Dinklage standing next to Yao Ming. So I don't need, nor want, to hear him tell me that a 53-9 record, that still leaves his team an underdog in their own conference, is the ultimate equalizer. Not when he dropped a full zero off his salary to go to San Antonio so he could chase a Larry O'Brien Trophy. I applaud him for valuing success over money, but when you play for the Spurs a great regular season is not even close to being enough to consider a year successful. You don't get to leave that much money on the table without the risk of looking like a fucking idiot for doing so, and it won't be until June that we are able to make that designation.