As of right now, here’s how the RR poll stands:

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That’s 74% saying they’d rather tank this season than make the playoffs. It’s not even about Andrew Wiggins anymore but anyone in the lottery. Is this normal? Are we normal people? Have we fallen so low that we’re actually hoping for the team to lose so that we can build all over again, as if that were any guarantee that things would be better than they currently are?

It’s as if we have suffered so much pain that suffering has become our joy. If so, Dostoevsky would be proud:

“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”

The part that bugs me the most is that somehow people have equated being in the lottery with becoming good. We’ve been through the lottery – with Araujo, Villanueva, Bargnani, DeRozan, Davis, Valanciunas and Ross, all lottery picks. Where has that gotten us? It’s gotten us to where we are today, and to think that somehow getting one more lottery pick will change our course for the better is foolish. If you want to target Andrew Wiggins, do it by becoming good enough so that he signs here as a free-agent, not by sucking hard enough so he’s forced to come here only to leave later.

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