mweir145 wrote:I'm getting more and more convinced Danny Ainge is an idiot every day. Trading his young core away, including Al Jefferson, who I think will be a great player in this league, is terrible. It's a move for the short term, obviously in an attempt to save his job, that isn't likely to achieve anything. Sure this may have made them one of the better teams in the East (and it's still a big maybe, who knows how those 3 will work out playing together), but what does that get you? A few rounds in the playoffs, a possible finals appearance? They aren't actually building anything there, now. It's like they are following the Toronto Maple Leafs guide to managing your team. Keeping your fans happy by seemingly making the effort in bringing in high-priced superstars, making the playoffs, but never really taking that next step.
Read Bill Simmons on ESPN. Here are a few excerpts that might answer your questions:
Now here's where it gets really good: Pierce, Allen and Garnett happen to be wired the exact same way -- three ultracompetitive guys nearing the end of their primes who would sacrifice anything to play on a winner
That is the key point in all of this. People are complaining "there is only one ball blah blah blah". Look at these personalities. Do they strike you as the players that NEED the ball, especially this late in their careers. Pierce has gone on record as saying that he doesnt mind passing the entire game, as long as they WIN.
The question remains: If you're a Rockets fan, would you make that trade again? You had that Utah series tied 2-2 before blowing a nailbiter in Utah and losing Game 6 on a Stockton buzzer-beater. You were right there. Was it worth it? In my opinion, absolutely. The whole point of fielding an NBA team is to win a title -- if you have the chance, you have to try. Even if it means crossing your fingers with the likes of Matt Maloney.
Like Simmons said, might as well go for it. The trade pieces were there and the C's had the assets to attain them. Might as well go for it instead of waiting for the players to develop and mortgage Pierce's future.
From the beginning, Danny Ainge's stated game plan was to blow up a decent 2004 team, stockpile as many assets as possible, then eventually trade those assets for one or two impact guys
Exactly what I said earlier. Some people are unaware of "the plan".
I highly recommend you read it.