and fuck those newfangled fans without blades. if you don't have those spinning blades... you aren't a fan.
In the NBA today there are 3 models for a NBA franchise,
the Miami model, amass the top free agents in the league, break the bank for them and see if they have the chemistry to jell together. We see how it is working for the Knicks
the OKC model, suck, tank, whatever you want to call it, tear down a mediocre, franchise built of straw, to rebuild one built of bricks
And the mediocre to middle of the pack perennial franchise that stay in the middle hoping to make the playoff to just missing and too low to make a splash in the draft.
I prefer the OKC model. I guess it is the builder in me.
In recent memory?Outside of the Thunder who got lucky by landing a elite super star, who else has prospered in that model ?
Boston (by proxy)
Los Angeles Clippers
off the top of my head
- Im sure he would too, as would I, Im just saying the attitude and opinions that most of the carolina's already have about the franchise, won't help the tanking situation.
- Well, Cleveland, Clippers, Minnesota (this era) were already garbage for years before they landed their respective players, I can't see how that fits into the tanking theme. I'll give you Orlando. Boston got Rondo at 21st, unless you're speaking of Pierce at 10 in 98 ? 97 ?.
How is being bad for a long time any different than what happened in Oklahoma City? Sure they were able to do it in a short period of time, but the overall theme remains the same. Suck badly enough to get a high pick, eventually you get a star.Well, Cleveland, Clippers, Minnesota (this era) were already garbage for years before they landed their respective players, I can't see how that fits into the tanking theme. I'll give you Orlando. Boston got Rondo at 21st, unless you're speaking of Pierce at 10 in 98 ? 97 ?.
As for Boston, I said (by proxy) because they used their sucktitude to get vets instead of draft picks
honestly a lot of those teams show the way things can go wrong or get sidetracked or take longer than usual but they also provide lessons that hopefully the bobcats learn from:
cleveland actually kinda fucked themselves by signing role players too early/lebron probably being too good. boozer leaving was a killer. all the more reason why you gotta stay shitty and not go for the quick fix. they might even be doing it again and won't be able to provide kyrie adequate support.
portland took risks/were severely unlucky with injury prone players, and they're still not even that bad.
minnesota made some bad picks (wes johnson and johnny flynn) along with some really good picks and probably held onto a bad coach for too long.
the kings seemed to only evaluate talent/potential and not the mental aspect for players.
both the twolves and kings also didn't have great luck with the lottery. you put blake griffin on the kings or derrick rose on the wolves and you end up with way different teams. yet the thunder didn't always get the best luck with the ping pong balls either and they still made the right decisions/focused solely on developing players. harden and westbrook were not consensus top 4/5 picks and half the league coulda gotten ibaka. bobcats have to make the right moves.
Didn't read all of this stuff, so apologies if I'm way off base.
The general public comes when there is a buzz about the team. There are several different ways to do that, but winning is the most important. Most people that make a team successful aren't die-hard fans. They're casual fans that think going to games seems like a better idea than staying at home and watching TV. Plus, there's a buzz, so they do it. It's like 60 year old white people jumping up to do the cupid shuffle. It's not better than any of the other line dances. It just seems cool. And they have no idea who Cupid is. Real talk. I know white people.
More real talk: Us die-hards need all of those casual fans to have an organization and shouldn't be stressing it when people jump off and on the bandwagon. Having said that, I get it when dude wearing a Heat jersey for the last three years all of a sudden puts on his Biyombo jersey and talks about being a fan. (Well, I don't get that, as that has not happened in this universe's reality yet.) Still, we need to support that guy the same way churches support AA addicts: with sympathy and respect.
Sometimes people don't understand the innate beauty of things until it presents itself as a line dance, or in this case a nice long playoff run.
SOMEONE will pay for THIS!