Originally Posted by murrke03
Please link to a copy of the standard contract and where it says a player must fly with the team to every game.
So you're ducking it because the answer is obviously, "if he could drive to the games, he would just sign."
Unlike you, I am arguing from a position of knowledge and fact. Not my own distorted sense of morals or ethics.
EXHIBIT A - NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION UNIFORM PLAYER CONTRACT | National Basketball Player's Association
I'll make it easy for you, though:
(a) The Player agrees to observe and comply with all Team rules, as maintained or promulgated in accordance with the CBA, at all times whether on or off the playing floor. Subject to the provisions of the CBA, such rules shall be part of this Contract as fully as if herein written and shall be binding upon the Player.
If the team rule is, "traveling with the team is mandatory," which it is, he must comply. Remember that whole, "the employer sets the rules," thing you wanted to argue about? There it is in writing. Please don't respond with, "it doesn't say you have to fly" or "how do you know flying is a team rule?" It says the team gets to set the rules. There wouldn't be an issue if driving to games wasn't a problem.
EDIT: Even if traveling with the team isn't mandatory, the Rockets would need assurance that White can show up on time for meetings, practice, etc. And there will be times he HAS to fly. That's really what's going on.