Saturday, July 3, 2010

More Free Agency Madness - This Time, It's Me!

So, I think I mentioned in a previous post that the Atlanta Spirit Group is broke because they aren't smart (not that it's a big surprise that losing money could be due to bad decision making).

Well, let's say that we're at strike 2 on my list of Win Me Backs, so in free agent like fashion - I am interviewing teams for my fan-dom. No sense cheering for a team that clearly thinks I'm a fool. How could I come to that conclusion you ask?

Let's see...you offer Joe Johnson a 6 year, $120M contract and then give us lip service (a la Mike Woodson) to us in saying that you will be putting pieces around him to help him win a title. Seriously! It's already bad enough that this contract is Jon Koncak bad, but it's doubly bad to then act as if you are doing this to win a title.

Where was this title winning money at when we were signing Mario West as our only acquisition last year or when we signed Joe Smith or when we signed Jason Collins. We've needed leadership and rebounding and perimeter defense for as long as I can recall. So, now, with one of the most important decisions of the next 5 years of the Hawks organization - you decide to tell us that you are going to kill our cap space for the foreseeable future because you plan to spend your way to success.

Let me get this straight..the team who has been cheap in the front office (yes, I know about the cutbacks in supplies and personnel, ASG), in the coaching ranks, in the scouting ranks, in payment on players not named Joe Johnson, and now you want me to believe that you're going to become Mark Cuban to make a push for a title. That you're going to lock up Al Horford now, that you're going to go out and get some real bench players. That's what I'm to believe. Seriously, ASG...you are trying to play me for a fool. And you've done a good job on some fans. They actually believe this is something we must do. They are fearful of being first round exits (or not making the playoffs) vs. perpetual 2nd round exits. Let's be clear - Joe Johnson is a good basketball player - I would be foolish to say otherwise. You see, what people are missing is that $20M/yr players are leaders, they win games single handedly, and they actually can make others want to play with them.

Joe Johnson does none of those things. And so I say again - who are you fooling, ASG? Not me...and that's why I've got the Thunder on the line because they know what they are doing and how to do it. That's what I want to cheer for - not guys who are actually financially strapped, but then spend money foolishly to ensure that they stay that way. Yep, it's time to start shopping for a new team...it's painful, but if LeBron can do it to the Cavs....I can do it to the Hawks...

Did I mention how bad it is that you didn't even let another team say they were going to pay Joe Johnson before you did anything. If so, let a team at least establish a market value for Joe. Seriously, I mean he's going to balk at $110M or $100 M. There's no doubt he was going to allow you to make your proposal of $120M at any point. I mean...oh, this is useless.

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