stitches wrote:I didn't ask about tanking or strategies at all. I asked about priorities. I asked if championship is a priority or if we are OK being just good. There are clearly managements that are OK with being just good and providing winning product to the fanbase(winning in the regular season). You can see that when teams lock into cores that are clearly not good enough to be contenders - the Detroits, the Charlottes, the Memphis' of the world.
Again - I can't fault teams that are OK with that. Those are businesses and winning seasons fill the arenas. Nothing wrong with that.
So then what is the limiting factors here? It seems that you have narrowed the equation to franchises only having a choice to either contend (1) or mediorcity (2). To reach this conclusion you have employed limitations.
What is limiting the teams to not contend? I think it is fair to say that every franchise has the same goal of winning.
So if every franchise has a goal of winning, but find themselves to be content with mediocrity it is due to some limitations.
The limitation that pretty much encompasses everything is the limitation of acquiring talent. Is there any other extraneous factor? I don't see it.
I think the main subset of this limitation is money obviously, but there are other subsets, such as FA appeal or draw, and third is the draft.
So for you to reach the absolute of contend or mediocrity, it is 100% based on the limiting factor of acquiring talent. Agreed?
So setting up the premise of contend vs mediocrity you are indirectly belying a limiting factor, which obviously is the acquisition of talent, so in essence you are revealing that you don't think the Jazz have the ability to acquire talent.
After 20 pages, I think it is fair for me to say that at the root of this failure to acquire talent lies the tanking strategy.
Now I don't know how bright Locke is, he seems pretty with it. I think he can quickly deduce your position as well, he most likely concluded you were talking about going deep into the luxury tax. I know you better.