I just spent the last 2 hours talking myself out of committing suicide after reading Arse's newest article on how the Raps don't really have any direction or hope in the next couple years. I thought I'd point out a few things that the suicide hotline helped me realize:
-players are unpredictable and you never know when they are going to take the "leap". It's awesome when it happens and you don't see it coming. You never know when someone is going to pull a Monta, Gilbert, Diaw, Rondo, and decide that they're not scrubs or just suddenly "get it" like Z-bo.
-2nd, you don't necessarily need a "franchise" player to build around, but you do need a lot of good young players like the Raps have. That's how Boston got Garnet and Allen with picks and good young talent. The Raps could be the next Nuggets in a couple years and then use all their young talent as trade bait for that one big player that everyone covets.
-Lastly, next year is gonna suck, but it's not gonna suck as bad. Most of these players have a solid work ethic and are showing improvement. Watching young players get better is actually kinda fun.