MrMiyagi wrote: lilfishi22 wrote:
I'll make some excuses for Paul (from the optimist side of me)
1. Rubio had the benefit of having a full training camp and full offseason to get to know the guys and be ready for the season. Our guys and coaching staff also had the opportunity to get to know Rubio. The chemistry was a lot stronger going into last season than this season based purely on the time they had together.
2. CP3 didn't have the training camp, a much shortened offseason and was also coming into a team that had awesome chemistry after the perfect Bubble. So he's coming trying to learn how our guys play on the fly while also trying to do what he knows best and that's run plays.
3. Still early in the season and it's good that we've hit some bumps early in the season as it gives us plenty of time to figure out what the issues are and how we can address them. CP3 teams generally don't start out with a bang but build chemistry over time so when that happens, Ayton will be better, Booker will be better and all the starters will be better. If CP3 can play with Harden, he can play with our guys. It's just a matter of building that chemistry and trust.
All fair points, but I would have hoped the front office would've foreseen the wonkiness of this season to help weigh the pros and cons of bringing in CP3 vs keeping Rubio. Think of how well we'd be running if we kept Rubio. Would we be 10-1 right now? Would we be 4-7 instead? The same 7-4? Is it going to take us half a season to really get running with CP3? Is that going to make us miss the playoffs or be the difference between home court advantage and not? Even more than that, at least for me, is this team fun to watch? It's kind of hard to say yes right now for me. I like that we're playing good defense, but our offensive possessions are U-G-L-Y.
Losing is not fun, and we lost a lot of games last year. We were 26W-39L before the bubble, and even after the bubble we were just 34-39. We were mediocre, not even a .500 team.
We played terrible games, but our bubble performance made people to change our mind about our team. But the truth is that we weren't that fun or that good, results could tell you that.
We are integrating two players on our starting five and 8 new faces on the roster...and for now we have been really good. 7W-4L, 4th in the West. Yeah, results are everything.
Not every game has been fun,that's true, but we have played terrific games against the Pelicans, Jazz, Nuggets and Pacers. I mean...tough games were we scored efficiently and we played very good defense. Defense has been impressive every single game until the last one against the Wizards.
So for now I am pretty happy with the team. Obviously the Wizards game has been the worst, but it was the last game on a road trip for the East. We have been there on every other game so far this season.
CP3 is a player that knows how to dose himself during the season. He is playing well and he basically won for us that game against the Nuggets, but you know that he could play a bit faster. He is healthy and with him we have exactly the type of veteran player that you need next to Booker, Bridges, Ayton, Cam Johnson and Smith.