This is a great story of sacrifice. The Dallas Mavericks made two good moves this off-season. One, they were able to get their Superstar, Dirk Nowitzki, for cheap so they can have room to sign a good role player in the form of Chandler Parsons. Obviously Dirk could have bargained for money and with reason but he took less money. He even reportedly turned down a max contract from the Lakers to take less money (3 years 25 million) with the Mavericks, in order to make deals like the Chandler Parsons one. It can be argued that Dirk financially can do this because he amassed so much money in his career, however, there's a lesson that can be learned from this and that lesson is sacrifice. Dirk wants to win and is willing to be paid cheap to achieve winning. Think about it this way, Dirk will be making Less money per year than Kyle Lowry, Chris Bosh and Chandler Parsons. Anyway, Dirk made an admirable decision that should be followed by other players.
After LeBron Decided to go home to Cleveland, people thought that the Heat where now in a rebuilding stage because one by one members of that group would go elsewhere (except d-wade of course), however, that is not the case Chris Bosh signed a lucrative 5 year $118 million dollar deal with the team, wade signed a deal and the Heat managed to acquire a good two way player in Luol Deng. This make the Heat at least a top five team in the East on paper. Not sure if they're championship contenders just yet but they can definitely continue to make some noise.
With the signing of Pau Gasol, the Bulls needed some cap space, meaning someone had to go and that someone is Carlos Boozer. It is safe to say that Carlos Boozer did not regain his All-Star form in his time with the Bulls, however, he is a great addition to at least 20 NBA clubs. Sure he's on the downside of his career but he can still get you 15 points 10 rebounds a game and best part is he is a cheap acquisition. Whoever can pick Boozer up will most likely be very happy with what they get out of Boozer.
Yesterday evening was almost a curtain call for an All time great Derek Jeter. Tuesday was Derek Jeter's final All Star game and he did not disappoint. He went 2 for 2 and is the leader in hits in an All-Star game by a Yankee. Of course this stat is meaningless in the grand scheme of things, however, what is meaningful is Derek Jeter'career. He is the quintessential example of how working hard can get you anywhere including the Hall of fame and it was a very nice moment to witness his last all star game.