Willing to discuss Chris Copeland.
Wizards = chances of treadmill to mediocrity = 85%
Paying Gortat big money was a mistake. Going after a 36 year old Pierce was a mistake. Wall already on big money. Beal due a big extension in near future. Odds are they are going to pay Nene new contract which will put them over the top and doom them to a treadmill status.
Lack of a long term plan in Washington.
I actually like moves the Wizards have made. They are really banking on the maturation and improvement by 20 year old Beal and 23 year old Wall. Otto Porter might also come around. Surrounding these young guys with veterans will not only help them win now, but help them learn the game and develop as well.
Agreed -- they've essentially gone the Portland route by proving to Wall and Beal that they're not afraid, or too inept, to put a playoff team around them (remember when LaMarcus was sitting with one foot out the door?). Teams are terrified of being Kevin Love'd by their precocious superstars.
Washington are just postponing that from happening. Not stopping it.
Like Denver with Melo or Orlando with Dwight. Setting their teams up to be very good but not quite good enough + facing a rebuilding process right when young stars hit their peak years.
Rondo to lead the league in assists, triple doubles and Steals! SOMEBODY SAY AMEN! Marcus Smart to scoop both the ROY and the SMOY awards! SOMEBODY SAY AMEN! Avery Bradley makes NBA Defensive 1st team! SOMEBODY SAY AMEN! James Young shoots the Maine Red Claws to a D-League title! SOMEBODY SAY AMEN!
Because his team doesn't win enough to warrant the same level of critique, and he's a fairly sympathetic character who hasn't driven away all the best elements of his Finals-worthy team, unlike Dwight.I'll go with this. Also people feel more sorry for people that live in Minnesotta than people that live in Orlando or LA
Kevin Love's never been on a "good team" in real life, just on paper, and he's not outwardly childish or otherwise annoying.