Vince Carter may or may not have started this trend, but he’s the one I personally remember clamoring for change — and getting it. He’s the first superstar that comes to mind who may have changed the game without actually realizing it. For Air Canada as he was once known, may have started the obnoxious NBA ritual of dictating where a superstar player wants to go– whether his current and usually first team likes it or not.
But this story isn’t about Vince Carter, one of the more over-rated players of this or any era for that matter. It’s about a league that needs to make change of it’s own happen, or it risk becoming — gasp — Major League Baseball, where only the mega markets can truly compete with the smaller markets striking it rich every so often.