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DimeBag: The Weekly Dime Mailbag, Volume II

By 08.31.11

Anonymous:

Despite his Finals struggles, I think most would agree that LeBron is the best player in the league. When both their careers are over, who’s considered better? Kobe or LeBron.

This is a total trap question – and maybe that’s why you remained anonymous so I couldn’t hate you for it. But I’m going with LeBron and won’t say anything else because I need that extra time to hide from the bombarding verbal assault Kobe fans are about to unleash.

Harrison, Trenton, N.J.:

It must be a terrible feeling to be a guy who’s value is measured by their contract and not their ability. But if your that rich, do you care either way?

Let’s take Eddy Curry as an example. No matter what he did, he couldn’t escape the scorn, hatred, and fat jokes from Knicks fans. Not only that, but he’s also the reason why the NBA is locked out – the owners are mad that guys like that can eat (in this case literally) salary and contribute zero to teams while the players, understandably, don’t want to give ground when they have such a good deal in place. So the real question here is, how much money would you take to accept Curry’s shunned status? The only reason why anyone cared about him was because of his trade value. It’s sad, really. But can you blame Curry for accepting a huge contract? Absolutely not. If your boss went up to you right now and offered you 20 times your current salary to stay on for the next five years, would you say no? I didn’t think so. So ultimately I don’t think Curry cares. Money solves a lot of problems.

Brandon, San Francisco, Calif.:

Josh Selby seems to be blowing up in summer league games? Didn’t NBA teams really mess up by not drafting him earlier?

Yes and no. Streetball only brings out the best in people. Because he’s been playing in a lot of big time leagues and games, we see the dunks, crossovers and general domination. What we don’t see, in any form, is defense. Even when he went up against Brandon Jennings, Jennings wasn’t giving his all on that end. When nothing’s at stake, everyone pimps his own brand. Offensive brand, that is. That’s what we’re seeing Selby do.

I do agree that Selby probably should have gone higher in the draft. But then again, I generally trust NBA teams. Just like everyone else, I think I’d be the greatest NBA GM of all time. So while it’s hard to cast aside visions of myself ripping off Danny Ainge in a trade, these guys know what they’re doing.

Evan, New York:

Why is tipping customary? Shouldn’t you only get a tip if you do something well?

Absolutely agreed. This is particularly annoying at bars. Any time you order a beer, you’re obligated to tip at least a dollar. All the guy did was put the glass under the tap and give it to you. Frankly I’d rather them just raise drink prices instead of having to tip. Tips should be reserved for a job well done. As it stands now, you essentially have to tip anyone that doesn’t spit in your food/drink. I think that’s the cutoff level right now.

Even worse, I hate it when they add in gratuity for bigger parties at restaurants. It’s like they’re telling you, “Well, we’re going to assume that you love us so we’re just going to add 18% to your bill. Thanks!”

Now don’t get me wrong – I understand that waiters, bartenders, etc. don’t make that much money, so I always feel inclined to give a healthy tip. But merely the principle of the whole thing, it makes no sense. Then again, when I went to Barcelona, I was charged for water and bread. That kind of sucked. But there was no customary tipping, so ultimately justice prevailed (don’t worry, I tipped anyway. The service was usually outstanding for us clueless Americans).

That’s all for this week. Check back next Wednesday for Volume III.

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