Help Me Understand – You Get A Championship Ring Even If You Never Play?

With the NBA finals on television I have been trying to follow the games to the very end. I know that both teams are quite talented, which is how they got to the playoffs in the first place so either team deserves to win. But I do find it odd that even though only 5 basketball players can be on the court at one time, all 15 will receive a ring if they win in the NBA finals.

Not only do the players receive a ring but all members or employees of that team get a ring. This means that aside from the starting lineup, the coaches, management and staff also receive a ring. Even the mascot & cheerleaders of that team are eligible for a ring. You don’t even have to get off the bench or set foot on an actual basketball court to get a championship ring. I can’t believe it!

So when Stephen Curry makes the winning shot bringing the Golden State Warriors to victory James McAdoo & Justin Holiday, two players I’ve never heard of, will also receive a championship ring. What sense does that make? Why does everyone on the team get a ring when the only people that contributed to the victory are the star players and the coaches? Cheerleaders don’t help basketball teams win games neither does the office staff.

Giving everyone on the team a ring is like saying every time I buy a Happy Meal from McDonald’s I should get a tax write off because a percentage of my purchase will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.  Why shouldn’t McDonald’s give me a tax break? I am indirectly sponsoring their charity so if they donate because I buy their food, I should somehow be entitled to a tax deduction myself, right? To me this is the same illogic that the NBA uses when they “give out” their championship rings to every member of the winning team.



4 thoughts on “Help Me Understand – You Get A Championship Ring Even If You Never Play?

  1. I tell you…. you never cease to amaze me. One minute I think you are a thinker..the next moment it seems like the depth of your thinking is quite shallow.

    I’m going to take a guess and say that you probably have some experience working in a professional environment where there are a number of people who contribute to the overall success of a goal.

    Let’s say a marketing team comes up with an great idea to distribute sample products at a highly populated events. However, they have to use entry level workers or interns in order to get the product distributed across the events in the volume they desire and in a timely manner.

    The idea is a slam dunk, people are talking about it and the product debut is a success.

    Should credit be given only to the team of 5-7 people who came up with the idea? In reality that us usually the case, but without the other participants the idea would have remained just an idea.

    For the basketball example you provided, I will simple ask a few questions and see if it provides any insight as to why members of the entire organization are eligible to receive a ring.

    1. Who do the star players practice against daily in order to learn their offensive and defensive plays so that they can be effective against their opponents and earn those wins?

    2. To prepare for games the team has to watch film of their opponents, where does that film come from? Who captures it?

    3. The team has 82 games per year, half of them are on the road. Who coordinates the travel and lodging plans so that they can be ready and rested for that victory?

    4. When fans go to the arena, they are not there just to watch the game (TV offers that), they are there for the experience, T-Shirts tossed in the stand, the kiss cam, the cheer squad, the light shows, the music, the announcers, etc. Would this even be possible without all of the other roles in the organization?

    5. That star player or players that you’re referring to… Who signs their check, who decided to recruit them or sign them to the team?

    6. Who decided to hire the coach?

    There are tons of moving parts to every sports organization that most people never see, if these parts were not in place or these jobs were not done well the success of the team would not be as likely.

    I hope this has provided at least some insight as to why the entire organization gets to indulge in the glory of a championship.

    Come on CV, you’re better than that……Don’t be a blonde!!!

    It’s been a while, I hope you are doing well 😉

  2. hating… thats why the Spurs didnt win.. b/c ur a hater… what do you care, its called being a member of a TEAM, everyone wins… go HEAT!!!!!

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