What Predict we finish the season out!
This puts us 10 games over .500 and about the 4th or 5th in The East
Now this may not be what some of us who thought this was a championship year wanted to hear, but this is realistic expectaion for a team with a core of players who have not played together...think about it, Toney Douglas,Bill Walker,Stat and Feilds are the only guys who have been teamates for all of last year and this year, with Feilds and Stat the only starters from the past two years!
How many years did it take Dallas to win a title? Talk about perseverence, they went through like 5 coaches since Dirk has been there and they collasped in the Finals, they were the best team in the NBA (acutlly flirted with the all time wins in a season) just to get knocked out in the first round, they made bad trades, good trades, bad signings, good signings, injuries, changing of GM's and then finally......A Title!!!!
Remeber The Piston team that won w/ Larry Brown, that core was mediocore for years, they started to gel, Sheed fell into their lap and Prince and Chauncy evolved, and they became a powerhouse
Shaq was on the Lakers for 3 years before they started to win Titles! Even the recent run The Lakers went on came after some very average years for The Lakers with a core of Kobe,L.O., Bynum and Fisher, yes Gasol put them over the top, yet they were a 2nd seed in The West at the time of the deal showing things were starting to come together for them
My point is that we are expecting too much from our team this year, we are caught up in seeing Boston put together a "Big 3" and seeing them win it all instantly (albeit only one time) and seeing Miami go from middle of the pack to Title Contender (althought they loss in The Finals to a more cohesive team), these are exceptions to the rule, not the blue print!
Lets Think of our last NBA Finals bound team, we made moves to bring in Childs,Houston and LJ to an already talented squad with All Stars Ewing,Starks and Oakley...... that team never even made it to The East Finals! The core just took time to gel, we did, and of course we added Spree and Marcus to it, but even at first that was not an instant success!
So, let's table the crazy expectations and let this thing come together slowly because we have a very talented team!