>Orlando is in serious danger of following in the path of teams like
>the Knicks, Houston, trailblazers. Teams loaded with talent--teams
The Blazers don't belong there, but the Spurs do. The Blazers are a team
built with brilliant low picks (Drexler, Kersey, Duckworth - an excellent
30+ pick, Cliffy, Porter). The other three are teams which got the franchise
guy, then had to build from there. I would question also adding the Knicks
in this group, since: a) they are favorite to win it all this year and
b) they have drafted well and found gems in the CBA. Spurs and Houston,
excluding Houston recently, have a long history of drafting poorly.
>Basically I question their management. Theyve made one move that
>impressed me over the last two years--trading for Hardaway and 3 #1s.
>On the other hand they've done _many_ stoopid things. Failing to get
>an even average PF this year. Then despite needing immediate help at
>PF they trade the #18 pick in this years draft to Milwaukee for Avent
>who is apparently a project. Orlando doesn't need a project at PF.
People who question Nelson's money management should look no further
than Orlando. They have a tremendous amount of money blocked with
second rate guys. And they have drafted poorly. In a draft like this year,
#18 for Avent will go down almost certainly as "yet another bust".
Pat should go. Why did Orlando not jump on Wilkens last summer?
>With a PF, good management and the right coach this team can make its
>first legitmate run for the championship next year. With a PF and the
>same coach and management I doubt they are going anywhere not next
>year, not the year after. Imagine this team with Jerry West and Pat
>Riley........ Is there even one person out there who thinks they would
>have been swept this year?
Picking good team players in low rounds and molding them in the key.
Perhaps Orl should go after Daly and not after Grant this summer?