They’re killing me. The NBA’s brain guys are killing me. Usually, guys copy what works.The model today would be San Antonio. Start with a solid philosophy on talent, add a commitment to scouting anywhere and everywhere around the world, augment that with a eye for the occasional wily veteran – and, oh yeah, add a heck of a lot of luck – and you’ve got a dynasty.
But few teams are copying that model. Instead teams are swapping short-term maybes for long-term promise. Team are taking on – no, coveting – aging superstars and shedding young studs-in-waiting. Boston takes on Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett (past-prime and never-won-anything players) and sheds young talents like Al Jefferson ad Gerald Green.They then place a call to 73-year-old (in NBA years) Reggie Miller, all in the hopes of building a Lego team, one constructed to be better than the Cavs, NBA Finalists last season.
And now the Lakers and Jermaine O’Neal are doing a little dance. Kind of like a public fling to see how much they reallly want each other. it’s so bad, I wanna holla: Get a room!
That said, I’m not mad at them. Blame Pat Riley. Two years ago he pieced together a team designed to win the NBA championship once and no more. Oh, he’ll never say that – and I’m not mad at him either. But let’s be real. Any team with Gary Payton and Antoine Walker on it is not built for the long term.
It worked. The Heat won the 2005-06 title by defeating the Dallas Mavericks 4 games to 2. Then they pretty much imploded, and no one’s talking about them as championship caliber for ’07-’08. But that’s okay, The Heat got their rings. Their fans were pacified. Whatever they do between now and the time Shaq’s kids become eligible for the NBA draft is gravy.
It’s the new NBA’s way. Forget building fo the long-term. Build for now. Worry about tomrrow later.
Again, I’m not mad at them. It’s all just interesting, Where is Jerry West when you need him?