First no one is a hero that only dislikes stuff. It takes less thought to simply dislike things than any other reaction, especially without making any contribution. And what can I say, some people like to win and some people like to lose and get excited about draft picks . If this is a one year hiatus that will be good. We could have been very competitive this year with different decisions but if one year off is all it takes to get back at least we are not OKC. It is amazing to me how many suggestions on this board are more around acquiring more assets than acquiring talent and winning. As you said, we got lucky with Lauri and Walker so hopefully that bodes well.And that is exactly the scenario I would look to take advantage of here... if it came up. I brought it up as more often than not teams would prefer the incoming pieces to the outgoing star in hindsight.
We could have retooled... but the same folks that can't comprehend the rebuilding effort and selling off good players for assets would also be puzzled at breaking up a star duo.
We broke up single assets with huge liabilities attached to them for baskets of assets - players, picks, prospects, cap flexibility. Makes a ton of sense.
Waiting to rebuild when its fairly obvious it needs to happen helps reduce the amount of pain you will endure. Its riskier to wait a year too long and have a contract look like a millstone rather than an asset. We had a ripe environment with lots of buyers. "self inflicted" rebuilding could also be called proactive rebuilding.
I guess... but if we are retooling we likely do a different Rudy or Don trade that isn't future facing... so maybe you do a worse deal and end up missing the playoffs and the assets. Honestly we could have made the playoffs this year if we wanted to... I think we make the play in next year. One year out of the playoffs is worth what we have on the ledger now.
Clear that we disagree and I'm fine with that. @kcgar is a hero