Thu Jul 8th, 2010, 10:31 PM
Raptors Republic Starter
totally agree man the clips have been rebuilding for years and they suck lol
Thu Jul 8th, 2010, 10:37 PM
The Lakers had one of the top three offensive threats in the game and were gifted a phenomenal big man, while having probably the best coach possible for their team and an owner who had no qualms with spending money. Boston had assets and turned them into three Hall-of-Famers who fit together well, just a little past their prime at the time. They also literally bought Rondo from the cost-cutting Suns.
I'm sure teams rebuilding the way OKC and Portland did happens more often than that, at least.
Thu Jul 8th, 2010, 10:56 PM
Raptors Republic Superstar
I have no idea whether it's going to happen, but it's certainly the right thing to do, in my opinion. When a team makes the playoffs twice in eight years, maybe it's time to do something different.
The Lakers got where they are by dumping their roster, opening up cap room and signing Shaq and drafting Kobe in one summer. Once you have your superstar, then the rest is a lot easier.
Boston got to where they are because Kevin McHale completely f**ked up in Minnesota and did Ainge a favour.
Of all the superstars, the clear majority were drafted by their team. Most NBA FInals MVPs and MVPs were drafted by their team (or traded for before they played). It's incredibly difficult to get a franchise player except through the draft, and it's incredibly difficult to do it if you're not one of the few desirable locations in the NBA.
Most fans actually don't want their team to rebuild. It's usually only the educated fans that do. Regular fans simply want to be able to go to a game and watch a competitive team. That's exactly why most teams don't like to rebuild. GMs don't like using the word because it scares fans. Fans pay lots of money to go watch games, and if they know a team is rebuilding, they won't spend the money. That's why Colangelo backtracked during the press conference when he mentioned rebuilding.
Losing sucks. But the Raptors have been able to keep their two best players they drafted for a good long while. Both Vince and Bosh both left because the team was not built the right way around them. Vince was surrounded by veterans who helped him win immediately, but hurt the team long term. Bosh was never surrounded by a consistent core of players that would grow with him.
This was exactly the problem Cleveland had with LeBron and why he probably left. They surrounded him with veterans because they wanted him to win immediately, but they kept having to reload, and he never had consistency and few developed players.
Oklahoma City is such a great example of what to do because Durant is surrounded by players who will get better with him, not decline as he gets better and have to be replaced.
As for keeping the young players, you don't have to start winning immediately. That's a VERY short sighted solution. That's what Colangelo tried to do with Bosh. It doesn't work. The team has a few years before the young players have to be re-signed, and they don't necessarily have to be winning, but be in a good position to win in the future. If DeRozan sees the framework of a successful team, there will be no reason for him to go elsewhere.