Truebiscuit wrote: Ice Man wrote:
troza wrote:This is something that we seem to forget is how hopeless we were that it was hard to believe that we would be able to build a team around Butler in those years.
I will never understand the idea that a mediocre team will get better by getting rid of its best player. I can't think of when that strategy ever worked.
When you know that player isn't enough to win you a title as your best player. It's pretty simple/straight-forward.
I'm really in awe with some of this fan-base and their obsession with this player. He's been gone 3 years, let it go![/quote
If a guy is good enough to get you to the finals (or even the conference finals), then they're worth trying to build a team around. There's so much luck involved in this game with injuries and matchups that you just want to hang around and have a "shot" at winning (unless you're in a striking position of getting a franchise player through a trade like we did). At the end of the day, Butler almost singlehandedly won two games in the NBA finals against one of the all-time greats, with all-time great performances. He did that with a hobbled Bam, no Dragic, and a seriously diminished Kendrick Nunn who was not over his Covid symptoms (something that doesn't get discussed enough)
No one is winning a title with Jae Crowder, Olynyk, Robinson, a rookie Herro, and an old-man Igoudala as your main supporting cast.