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09-20-2008, 12:17 PM
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And from all the reading material on it, it sounds like him holding out had a lot to do with DM being a ****** general manager and lowballing him.
Some fans would make that argument, but others like me, saw it as Doug holding his ground in not wanting to pay big money based on potential. That's what rookie contracts are for.
The way I saw it, and Nikki was my favorite player, was that he wanted big boy money....... but up to that point, he had not fulfilled ANY of the things asked of him over the early part of his career. I mean it was like he wasn't even trying.
The team had to BEG him to learn a little English so he could communicate a little better with his coaches and teammates.....and he blew it off.
Like I said, Z was my favorite Jacket. But I was completely ready for the club to stand their ground and play without him that year......he was acting like a spoiled prima-donna.
Disclaimer ----- I am in NO WAY a DM fan.......but I do think he got this one right.
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