Re: TANK OR TRADE
posted at 1/3/2013 3:07 AM EST
In response to Celtsfan4life's comment:
We are terrible right now, but to remain a franchise that is about winning, you never tank. Last time we tried that strategy (ML Carr coaching), we ended up irrelevant for 20 years. Boston is NOT a destination like Miami, LA, Dallas, New York for the biggest name free agents. So, we'd have to get some stars in the draft and that's a very risky approach.
danny has to take what he has and try to do a trade that brings a big man this year. Then, hope that Doc and KG pull the same thing as last year and have the team playing better ball in the second half.
Yes. I see your logic. The Celtics lost out on Duncan in 1997 and as a result, the Celtics should always look at the draft as useless and unimportant. Getting great players in a draft? That's silly! That only happens to other teams.
Your time recollection befuddles me, however. Since the Celtics 20-year period of irrelevancy began in 1988, when they lost to the Pistons in the ECF, and ended with the trade for KG and Ray Allen. How ever did the Cs pull off those trades?
I do see what you mean about not tanking, however. It's good for any team to give it their all even when competeing for the title is hopeless. This ensures that the team will be playoff fodder year in and year out, getting mid to late round picks instead of those useless higher picks. Ainge did say the 2012 draft was "weak". John Henson and Andre Drummond will never amount to anything. I'm glad DA didn't waste his time trading up to get either of them. "Never tanking" falls in line with the "all about winning chanpionships" philosophy of a team like the Celtics (one title in 26 years).