Kobe's deal IS on the FO. Mitch, Jim, Jeanie. All of them.
They arrogantly thought it wouldn't hurt them. Healthy Kobe? Sure, maybe it wouldn't. But torn achilles Kobe, taking up 25 mil of the cap? How on Earth can anyone think that isn't a factor?
Dirk and Duncan both take waaaaaay less money, sign Parsons, Wes, DeAndre, and LMA.
Kobe takes 48 mil. We sign NOBODY.
But it's "not a factor"?
I like Mitch scouting young guys. Like his evals, like his ideas, his approach. 100% serious.
But he is HORRIBLE thru planning ahead. Absolutely, horrible.
He got robbed on CP3. So he overreacts to buy Nash, then Dwight with no extension. Loses ALL our picks for almost a decade.
It didn't work out. Ok, adjust. Sell parts. He doesn't. Pau walks. Kobe extension. Melo offer. Nick Young 4 year deal. MDA over Phil. Let's MDA go over ONE year, to bring in......Byron Scott? Luck's into #2, great, redeem yourself, and chases LMA/DeAndre without money to bring others with them. (Kobe deal).
Loses Ed Davis. Never able to court Tobias (may not have mattered) Never pursued RoLo. He did try Monroe at least. Didn't try to get Splitter which would have been fine.
We needed a couple singles and a double. Woulda been great off-season. Add to the core.
Now we are in BAD shape. We could be in serious danger of getting the 4th-5th pick, and handing it to the 6ers. 6ers could get the #1-2 pick, then a top 5 from us.
If we get "lucky" again, and jump to top 3, that would help a lot. But odds of it are LOOOOOOOOOOOW. Peep the Knicks falling to 4th.
Phil pulled RoLo/Affalo. We coulda used both those pieces this year fielding an "up and coming young roster". Now?
Need a hail Mary now. Need a trade to pull in a pick or two. Something to help goin forward. Mitch needs to sell NY to anybody he can. We have no need for him.
Nobody over 25-26 should play for this team other than Kobe. And if he gets hurt in November, so be it. Let all the kids play every second they can. Pray they show out and start to change perception of the roster.
I wouldn't be upset at all if Jim, Jeanie, Mitch, Byron, and Kobe all walk after the year. Doubt it happens, but wouldn't be mad if it did.
The FO has humiliated itself for 3 straight years, and somehow, that doesn't even include hiring/firing Mike Brown.
Maybe it should be 4 straight years.