Since we are in the malaise where NBA talk must be manufactured, Hawk Str8talk will go ahead and say an official welcome to Joe Smith. May your veteran-ness be a boon to our front court AND to our coach's ability to get his scheme and agenda across.
Other reasons that training camp can't come soon enough:
1. There will be actual things to debate and riff on instead of faux debates and situations. Everyone's a critic in the offseason, but the truth serem comes when things are happening. Let those games begin.
2. There was a recent article that was referenced by Peachtree Hoops about the debate on whether you move your chips in now for a title vs. later. For the details, click here. Now, while this article has some merit, two points should be made from our perspective:
a) You'd have to believe that your core is actually 'your core', so we'd have to believe in Williams, Smith, Horford, Johnson, Teague, etc as your true core players. As much as I love Josh and Al, I'm not convinced that they are cornerstones to a NBA championship team. There are still major holes in their games that provide pause in saying that we ought to continue to invest major dollars in them. Of course, part of that pause is in how the coaching staff uses them, but then that also leads us into part 2 of that discussion - we'd have to also believe in ownership to spend when necessary and believe in management to make the right moves with regards to coaching and the final pieces necessary to complete the puzzle. Again, I'm not sure that I'm sure of much with regard to any of those things to believe that 3 years down the road - we're the team that others should be afraid of.
b) The other important factor is - what makes us think that 3 years from now that these other teams with cash, draft picks, and free agents are standing pat ready to crumble while we either stay at the same level or make an ascent. I am not confident that the LeBrons, Wades, Pauls, Howards, Roys, and Durants of the league are going to be languishing without pieces aroudn them to make them relevant at a championship level. The history of the Hawks is not working for us in a belief that we're going to be building a juggernaut on players and styles that rarely result in championships.
So, it's a worthy read, but with a few holes (what hypotheses doesn't have those, though)...like many of the things I see, I'm not sure it squares with our front office's demonstrated abilities, but it sure is a nice way to think about our chances in the next few years. Let's hope I'm wrong and it's right. Sitting on top of the East with a young core sure sounds like manna from heaven to me.
And with that, let's get this football season going, so I can have something to do while waiting for basketball season...
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