You still haven't addressed what you meant by doom and gloom. Your original comment was in relation to what I thought were fans who didn't see this team as currently constructed as a good thing. You mention above there are those who think we have a solid core and they are young. This is where much of my argument stems from. Who thinks this?
I am not intending to insult anyone so I apologize in advance but what real ball fan thinks this team with the players they do is a team that if kept together can achieve more than a first round, maybe 2nd round ceiling? You need talent to win in this league and to be an elite team it usually has to be talent of that variety. Championship teams are not built in a year..... its a process, but it doesn't start in my opinion getting locked into players and a team that quite frankly are not taking your franchise to the next level.
I think you build around draft picks and end up paying those that take your team to the next level. Ross, Derozan, Lowry etc are not those guys, so yes, I would rather take my chances letting Masai do his thing in the draft and try and hit on a Carter or McGrady (both top 10 picks) rather than a Derozan or Ross (both top 10 picks). You say these players are looking promising and I ask you promising for what? There is no inventing of clouds here. This script is similar to what I have seen the past 5 years. I'm not saying it won't be different but how are you so certain it won't be? Elevating players into roles beyond their talent level. Sound familiar? Paying money and becoming capped out without a real star player. Sound familiar? These are valid concerns.
You are saying to appreciate the current reality but have yet to acknowledge the potential outcomes of riding with this team and moving forward with this squad. No one said we're locked into no man's land but not many people refer back to that comment made by the GM (and supported by the team president) and acknowledge that if they do not win the division, this is a highly likely scenario for them (7-11).
The herd I am referring to is the 'don't worry be happy' part of the fanbase.