Like it or not getting to game 7 of the conference finals against the team that won the title is competing. But if we're going to call that not competing, I'll take "not competing" over rebuilding any day.
It´s not, and I don´t. You´re lost in semantics.
Were the Hawks competing because they lost to the team which lost to the team which won the title?
People have this strange idea that somehow we get to choose when
to rebuild, when at best we can choose the terms on which
If we´re not contending anymore, we´re rebuilding. If you disagree, then maybe this whole professional sports thingy isn´t for you.