Thread: Speculation: Richards' future on the NYR
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07-15-2013, 09:12 AM
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Sorry to hear this if it's true. There is still a couple months for him to get ready. Maintaining some semblance of condition year round is essential for any pro athlete. Not being in good shape not only decreases his chance of rebounding for the coming season--keeping in mind that the team is giving him a chance to redeem himself after a bad season he admitted to--it increases his chances of injury and his chances of retiring early and subsequently screwing a team that has paid him a ton of upfront money for two mediocre years. I'd said before that the Richard's decision was as important if not more important decision as the coaching decision and Glen Sather and his team have obviously made the wrong one here. The ramifications of getting stuck with his contract the next several years will probably cost us a significant player each and every one of those years as each and every year that cap hit will re-occur. The player himself should bear the onus for bad conditioning--he's a sorry SOB if he's just giving up so easily or if he thinks he's got his money--who cares now--or if he's acting out of some kind of resentment because people are ******** on his lackluster effort.

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