Friday, April 13, 2007

Even Screamin' A Sees the Obvious

egad. it's so obvious what the right move was, even screamin' a gets this one right:

The New York Knicks didn't share King's thinking when they drafted Patrick Ewing in 1985. The San Antonio Spurs didn't, either, when they practically threw their season to get David Robinson in the 1987 draft. The same could be said for the Orlando Magic with Shaquille O'Neal in 1992 and the Spurs again with Tim Duncan in 1997, essentially because they all picked the better of two choices:

Keep trying to win now and stay mediocre.

Or sacrifice a season to ensure more fruitful ones to come.

from bumble:

see your point, but tough to root against this team. they are playing better team ball. At 7-8 they should still get an athlete. Not a dominant center, but a solid athlete. I cannot ever root for my team to lose. Why watch?
i'd just like to point out the sixers sit at 11th, not 7-8. 11th!

here are some of the players picked at 11:

- 2006 - jj redick
- 2005 - fran vazquez
- 2004 - andris biedrins
- 2003 - mickael pietrus
- 2002 - jared jeffries
- 2001 - kedrick brown
- 2000 - jerome moiso
- 1999 - trajan langdon
- 1998 - bonzi wells
- 1997 - olivier st-jean
- 1996 - todd fuller
- 1995 - gary trent

this is the type of player we're likely to get by winning those meaningless games. i hate to hear "there's no guarantees" as a counter argument. then you might as well not even play the games. of course there are no guarantees. you work to put yourself in the best position to win a title. winning those meaningless games reduces our chances of seeing the sixers win meaningful games down the line.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The difference between the mediocre teams and the championship teams in the NBA is basically a superstar. If you don't get that player in the draft, you either have to hope another team lets one go in a year you have cap space (see Nash and Shaq) or you trade for a used up, fatally flawed star and hope for the best (see AI, Webber, Kidd, etc). The Sixers might have cap space after next year (although they have to re-up AI2 soon). They have to hope that someone gets rid of a dominant post player. That's the only hope for this team now.


1:42 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I clearly understand all of this fellows. I know winning hurts them. That said, I will never root against my team. My whole point is that as a fan, I get greedy for wins or performances that indicate to me the wins are coming. I see sparks of both from the Sixers right now. I am encouraged by tyhe ball sharing and the fact that the guys play well together. In addition, I think this draft is a lot deeper than drafts in the last few years have been. There are 4 guys from Florida alone who could make an impact on a pro team. It won't be the same impact as Oden or Durant. Not having a superstar hurts you. i get all of that, but do you really want to suffer through a 20-62 season to get there? Maybe you do. i don't.


3:33 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can we please start to talk about that steaming pile of dung we call a baseball team. let's look at things I've learned in 10 games.

1. Myers is not an ace. He is a decent 3, maybe a 2, but this Jekyll and Hyde BS doesn't happen to an ace. He was awful, simply awful again tonight when his team needed a boost. Talking the talk of an ace in spring training is brave, but you have to sort of pitch like one when the games count chief.

2. Madsen sucks. By any measurement, this guy cannot pitch. Trade him now for something, anything.

3. Gillick sucks. Name one good move this guy made outside of getting Thome out so Howard could come to the bigs (only time will tell if that was a good move, maybe Howard could've been dealt for arms or players who don't swing at the first pitch or hit into inning ending double plays). He failed to address relief pitching, he failed to upgrade his team. He is asleep at the wheel.

4. They are so goddamned dumb. Seriously, who sent Victorino with no outs in the 8th? That person should immediately be fired. I know they wouldn't have scored with 0 outs and bases crammed, they don't like the clutch, but the numbers say chances were better.

5. What value are Jimy (don't call me Jimmy) Williams and Davey Lopes adding? They still suck at base running and strategy. I'd fire every coach and bring in Jim Leyland. Oh wait, they already blew a chance to do that. OK, I'd bring in Lou Pinella...oops, that ship sailed too. Come to think of it, why would a good coach want to come here. the ownership group is not dedicated to winning.

Bring on the draft because this season is over. Yeah they may do a patented pressure-free run, but 2 weeks in and you're 2-8, you my friend are done. April 15th and your season's over. Wow that is even worse than the Flyers.


10:45 PM EDT  
Anonymous Phil said...

Great googly-moogly. Are they really 2-8? How much pressure does that put on the Eagles now? You know, the only decent team left in this sport-obsessed town.

12:23 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bumble, I was laughing like crazy reading your review of the phils. They should change their ads from "Goosebumbs" to "They are so god damn dumb." That says it all.


12:45 PM EDT  
Blogger Bumble said...

come on TMG, we need some Birds and Phils banter, it's been too damned long. Worok be damned, let's start the blogs!

2:39 PM EDT  
Anonymous Phil said...

Kolb? Oh I'm a little surprised by that one.

7:23 PM EDT  
Blogger Bumble said...

Don't know who Kolb is, but I dislike that pick a lot. they have 3 QB already plus 5 is the most fragile person ever. Bringing perceived competition cannot be good. They could've had Leonard, Posluzny, or multiple other people and they grab a player they cannot or should not use for 3-4 years??? Makes no sense. The kid may be able to play, but not for them for years. I like the Nebraska LB and Hunt, those 2 picks saved what was turning into a disaster of a day, but they desperately need secondary help that they will no longer get.

11:49 PM EDT  

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