Originally Posted by CP1708
For those still on the fence, or unsure, I know you may hate losing, and it sucks, embarrassing, etc, don't.
It's a different sport, I know, but take my word for it. My Cubs have been inept for a century. A. Century. Theo came in, laid out his plan, and went to work. He saved money, he stacked youth, he made smart trades, and within 4 years, you all just saw the jump the Cubs made. Now they are set for the next several years.
This is ugly, but it takes a lot of losses to get these young guys, same as it took the Cubs a lot of losing to get theirs.
I've watched it develop over the years, I watched it grow.
I've seen the same with the Golden State Warriors. They were terrible for a long while too. But they drafted well, developed those players, and made that one signing that helps tie it all together. (Iggy)
It can be done.
Randle, Clarkson, DLo, and a top 3 pick is a HELLUVA young, CHEAP, core to start with. Sprinkle in some extra pieces like Nance, Black, and Brown, you have your Ezele's, and Harrison Barnes, etc type "extra" picks that provide depth and such.
Then throw in a huge chunk of cap space, you can fill out the roster pretty nicely inside a year or two. Then just let the talent hit their primes, like Steph, Klay, Green, etc have done, and ride that wave as long as you can.
Once upon a time, Bynum was a baby, Farmar, Sasha, Turiaf, they made a small trade for a baby Ariza, then as they developed, made the big Pau addition, and Kobe/LO and the cheap vet signing of Fisher carried it home.
The losing will be forgotten, when the winning starts to take over again. We don't stress over the 92-94 Lakers, or the Smush era Lakers, we just remember what they led to.
This too, shall pass. (No Kobe)