Non si fa altro che parlare, negli States ma anche da noi, della scelta di LBJ23 (o meglio, LBJ6) di andare a Miami. Tyler Cowen, famoso economista nonchè co-fondatore di Marginal Revolution, ha analizzato la scelta del giocatore dal punto di vista di un social planner il cui obiettivo è massimizzare l’utilità dell’intero popolo cestitistico statunitese, ecco le sue parole che personalmente condivido in pieno, specialmente il primo paragrafo:
LeBron, for added utility, should have gone to the New York Knicks. Because that’s a big city with a terrible team, and they would have enjoyed him quite a bit. Number two choice would be Chicago. It’s a big city. It’s not a terrible team, it’s a good team. He would have made it much better, maybe won a championship.
But to send him to Miami is almost the place that brings the least additional utility to the United States, as far as I can see. …
They were already enjoying Dwayne Wade. Now they have three stars, and they’re not going to get three times the pleasure.
…who were the two players who handled the ball most lsat year? Numbers one and two were LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. So you don’t play the game with two balls. … You would actually have more total social happiness if they played in two cities.