It seems like you're saying that someone who thinks '0-82 = Game 7 Finals loss' would be a black/white thinker.
And also seems like you're saying that life should not be thought of in terms of black/white, all/nothing thinking.
How very interesting.
I'd have to say I wholeheartedly agree, on both accounts.
It doesn't work like that. Making it all the way to the Super Bowl, NBA Finals means something. That's an incredible achievement. Being in the cellar and playing for a title is not even remotely the same. On another note, I do feel like people try to simplify things in life and make them black and white (such as race, ethnicity, politics, etc.) when it isn't that simple. But that's another topic for another time.
In complete agreement.
I'm constantly telling people to try and get out of black/white, all/nothing mentalities.
A few Laker thread regulars know this. And a few are in denial about their all/nothing mentality.
"Those who don't get it, don't get that they don't get it."
obviously they're not the same however one would hope that a team that goes 0-82 is only THAT bad because they are not trying to win or tanking. from that point of view you could say that the 0-82 team was successful in their goal to have the worst record, while the team that lost in game 7 was unsuccessful in their season goal of winning a championship.
of course whether is good or bad to tank is a whole nother argument, and 0-82 might get your team dropped from the league
imo the differences between losing in early rounds of the playoffs and losing in the finals is a more interesting argument