thkthebest wrote:Nobody would expect to make the NBA files with the injuries we've had. Pick any team.
Have their best player out with a ruptured achilles 2 games before the playoffs. (Kobe)
Have their second best player coming back from back surgery. (Dwight)
Have their third and fourth best players miss nearly half the season. (Nash/Gasol)
Have a critical bench player miss nearly half the season. (Blake)
Have another critical bench player miss almost the entire season. (Hill)
Have another bench player playing with an injured wrist. (Jamison)
Have a third of your team missing the playoffs. What team would actually be a contender? What team can even look like contenders?
I would much rather look like contenders and lose because the second best player was out. We'd know that we can contend again next season. We can make minor adjustments. We can analyze our team and figure out what to improve upon. With the crap that we've had to go through, we can't do any of that. We have no idea how good this team can be at full strength. Why would I want to be in the situation that we are now?
Well, I guess my point was that it is better for these things to occur when we don't know IF we can even be any good, then for it to occur when we already know that we're good enough to have won without the injury having occurred.
It's like, if I could choose WHEN Kobe would have had his injury, would I rather it be at the point it happened this season?
Or would I rather it be at the point say next season where we're a #1 seed in the West going in to the playoffs and it happens in the first round?
For me, it's not easy to stomach any major injury to one of your top players, but, if it has to happen, I'd rather it be after a season like ours (which I'd chalk up as a lost season anyway) than in a season where, going in to the playoffs, we had a very real shot at it.