I think it begins with D'Antoni.
By that I mean we have manifested this culture of "wait til'" so and so becomes available
That there is this "perfect" mix of talents NEEDED in order to succeed
And in a way- we have already manufactured the excuses for D'Antoni going forward.
Say for instance we DO get a big. And IF we struggle, for whatever reason, it has been manufatured that WE (D'Antoni) NEED A PG to be successful
OR if we DO get a PG, and struggle, some will say WE (D'antoni) NEED A center to be successful
The brainwashing that has taken over and replaced our underachieving reputation, has been to the tune of HOPE
But really it's a shell game that we need to realize we can't win. That "perfect" roster for D'Antoni is UNACHIEVABLE! Specifically in regards to D'Antoni, its impossible.
We need a coach, who looks at our roster and says "I can work with that". That recognizes talent and is flexible enough to work with less than desireable parts. One that gets more than we bargained for out of players.
I'll show you how this brainwashing has taken place.
We just read about the select few players available. AND WHAT WAS THE FIRST THOUGHT?
1. I wonder if he would work with D'Antoni?
2. I wonder if D'Antoni would play him?
3. What if D'Antoni doesn't play him?
4. Ho can we get him and still ge CP3?
These questions illustrate how the brainwashing has affected your rational thought. Because the answer to "who this mystery perfect fit for D'Antoni's system is" is...
That answers why he dnp'd and jettsoned players, skipped them in the draft, and why no center has flourished under him. Its too logical. There is no center for him.
And instead of realizing this, realizing he hasplayed this shell game buying time by in a not so obvious way creating this built-in excuse for himself "that his system is so good, we just need the right players"
Before we can decide who fits best and who to get, who to pass on, how to effectively us our assets (some he squandered just like Isaiah just wasn't as responsible for the bad contracts)
We need to get out from under him before we do more damage. While we still can.
That's why I think its futile to target any players for now. He has to go. A coach with an attainable vision and plan is what will help us deermine who's best. Without D'Antoni, those decisions use to be easy- like Melo.
With D'Antoni, some actually had the nerve to question his acquisition. That's what thinking and seeing things thru the D'Antoni glasses will do to you. It'll have you drafting a SF over a center even though
We had sf's on the roster
A center is a rare commodity
And we haven't been in a good draft position in years.
I'm not sure I will ever forget that mistake.