Folks out there say “Hinkie died for our sins”, and they’re right. It’s almost like Sam Hinkie took out a really good insurance policy for his Sixer family, and then killed himself (stepped down). We are Sam Hinkies children, and Bryan Colangelo is the widow with all the assets. As long as Bryan takes care of the assets that his beloved worked so hard for, the children will grow up to live happy lives.
Colangelo has been given the comfiest GM seat. A seat with a lot of pressure, but one where you can swivel around and lean back in. As long as Bryan Colangelo doesn’t try to swivel this chair down a flight of stairs, everything will be fine.
Im excited for the day that i wont be excited for the NBA draft lottery
— T P (@tperp_) May 16, 2017
The thing is, its long from over, and that’s not a bad thing. We will be jacked up for the 2018, and maybe even the 2019 NBA Lottery’s. The Lakers are not a playoff team next year, and that Sacramento pick in 2019 should be top 5. The Lakers were the 3rd worst team in the league, and even Paul George wouldn’t help that team considering how competitive the West is right now. They have confusion at PG with Lonzo, Russell and Clarkson, and no else on the team that scares anyone. The Kings..well, they just suck, and are going to suck a lot. It’s our turn to be the Celtics. We can sit back and laugh while other teams struggle to win more than 27 games. We won’t be tanking, but other teams will be for us.
When people say “the time is now. We need to win now.”…they are right. There is no reason to go down from here. This team is good enough to squeeze into the playoffs with the right free agent or two (J.J Reddick, Patty Mills). The thing is, it will be “now time” for a very long time, and that doesn’t mean we should move away from drafting top end talent. By the time it is 2019, our players will be still be approaching the heights of their primes:
Josh Jackson: 21
Just because you have high end guys now, doesn’t mean you should throw away the chance to find more high end, young studs for someone who is only ready to win now, and not down the road.
Steph Curry was drafted in 2009. Klay Thompson was drafted two years later, and Draymond Green was drafted three years after Steph. I still don’t think we realize just how long it takes to build a serious contender. As far as we’ve come, I still only think we are about halfway there. We still don’t know how our guard play is going to look, and haven’t seen any of these prospects develop completely yet. The trade rumors are going to be plenty, and it’s important to keep the future in mind when talking about Paul George, Jimmy Butler, and even Kyle Lowry. Having those guys could make life more fun now, but could take away from long term fun.
I just want things to be simple and conservative. Give free agents a year or two to play here, and nothing more. Kyle Lowry would make us a pretty fun 4 seed next year, but we didn’t build this just to be an exciting 4 seed. Lowry’s contract could kill us when he’s 35 years old. His 35 million could be enough of a dent in our cap to prevent re-signing someone really important (Josh Jackson). To build an NBA giant, you can’t take any shortcuts. Build through the draft, and complement homegrown talent with free agents that help growth, and don’t hinder it.
Written by Mike Cloran
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