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Yao Foundation won’t benefit from Tux & Tennies gala after all

February 11th, 2009
by John

The Chronicle reports that the league is cracking down on NBA player charities benefiting financially from team events. Supposedly events like this can be considered a little bit like financial compensation, making it more difficult for other teams to woo players away from the teams when they become free agents.

It’s a shame that earthquake victims in China won’t be able to benefit from the Rockets’ Tux & Tennies gala on February 18th because of questionable rules like this that keep the big picture out of perspective. But at least hurricane victims on the Gulf Coast still will benefit.

2 Responses to “Yao Foundation won’t benefit from Tux & Tennies gala after all”

  1. Jeff Says:

    At first, I was surprised by the objection of the other teams on this issue. At second thought, I realize now that these teams might be interested in signing Yao when he becomes a free agent. In fact, they are not only interested. They are somewhat confident they will be able to convince Yao to join them when the time is up.

    The weapon to convince Yao to join them is not money, because the contract money offered by any team will be about the same under the salary cap effect.
    Their weapon is to point out the bare fact to Yao that Houston can never build a contending team to fulfill the championship dream of Yao. Houston got 6 or 7 years to do that; but the lengthy period of time has proved that it is beyond their ability . It would be foolish, if not unforgivable, if Yao refuses to listen to other teams when the contract is up.

  2. Jeff Says:

    At first, I was surprised by the objection of the other teams on this issue. At second thought, I realize now that these teams might be interested in signing Yao when he becomes a free agent. In fact, they are not only interested. They are somewhat confident they will be able to convince Yao to join them when the time is up.

    The weapon to convince Yao to join them is not money, because the contract money offered by any team will be about the same under the salary cap effect.
    Their weapon is to point out the bare fact to Yao that Houston can never build a contending team to fulfill the championship dream of Yao. Houston got 6 or 7 years to do that; but the lengthy period of time has proved that it is beyond their ability . It would be foolish, if not unforgivable, if Yao refuses to listen to other teams when the contract is up.

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