nameant wrote:So we finally realized we broke up a great team.
In one sense, yes. But in my mind, several of the guys left because we couldn't afford them in light of other offers they got, they wanted more playing time, they didn't fit the coach and system (which keeps changing still), or it took them leaving to realize what they missed and WE missed.
That all said, how many of them actually will be coming back as better players than when they left??? Any of them?
But -- you can't measure comfort, effort, and chemistry. With MDA's system, there is a chance that these guys could be decent given their comfort and chemistry with each other. Also, they all may be playing with chips on their shoulders and trying for that next contract. And Nash can possibly make them look better than they are (Kobe too, if he facilitates more).
It is fun to talk about and will be interesting to see -- getting these former CHAMPIONS back together. But I don't expect them to be better players than they were. We will soon remember our constant
reasons for each of them (Farmar chucking, LO fouling 3-point shooters, Gasol being softer and softer, Sasha missing wide open shots at crunch time...). I would love to get Ariza back though -- he has become a better individual player.
I like the nostalgia of it all. But my expectations are still the same -- finish in the lottery.