DrugBust wrote:Sorry if my opinion offended your delicate sensibilities.
But answer me this: who of Miami, New York, Chicago/Indiana/Brooklyn are the Bucks beating in the first round on the road? I'm assuming you think we'd be getting a Gasol that looks more like the guy he was at 30 instead of the broken down shell he is now. Which is mind-boggling but what the hell. I'll play along.
I don't believe he's broken down at all. He just doesn't care anymore, hates being on that team and isn't being used correctly. 2 years ago he was one of the best big man in the game. At 32 years old and a player who doesn't rely on pure athleticism I don't see why he can't have 2-3 more productive seasons on a different team that will make him a focal point.
I think with Pau we could easily beat Brooklyn, definitely beat Indiana and possibly beat Chicago or New York.
Good post. Do people really think Pau's body suddenly broke down for no reason after he dominated the Olympics? That's ridiculous. And being used incorrectly is a huge factor - probably the biggest factor - in his struggles. Anybody who says otherwise is a fool. Finally, the mental toughness is not nearly the factor people make it out to be. It's a game of skill and strategy, not a cult of personality. As a society we worship the type-A personality myth for some weird reason, but you don't have to be that way to succeed.
The Bucks could beat any team in the East except Miami, or maybe Chicago if Rose comes back 100% - which I don't think he will be until next season. There's little separation among all the other teams. Whoever is healthy and develops good chemistry will rise to the top of that clusterf*ck. Last year it was Philly and Indy. This year it could be just about anyone, including the Bucks. I'm not saying they're as talented as all those other teams in the East, but they're close enough to have a very realistic chance of beating them in a playoff series.
*This is all assuming they trade either of their guards for a comparable talent who fits the team's needs better.
When you're spinning your wheels in mud, sometimes you have to put the car in reverse. If you refuse to do so on principle, you're an idiot.