I appreciate Celtic Pride. I really do.
However there needs to be a reality check on how teams position themselves to grab a pick in a talented drafting class.
"Listen, Im so tired of listening to sports broadcasters talking about losing so you can get a draft choice. Y'know, they haven't got a clue on how to build a team." Tommy Heinsohn.
I love the guy but this is absolute chest-beating guff. And rubbish. And lies.
A Celtics strategy of tanking led us to a golden period that delivered a world championship. We failed in grabbing Durant and Oden and went all out for the famous 3 year window by blowing it all up and trading for Allen and Garnett. The losing season before was a deliberate effot to place high in a pick for Oden or Durant. There is no QUESTION. NONE. Don't give me all this true Celtics fan don't want to lose guff. These are the market forces of modern sport. It's a double-edged sword for GM's. Ainge will say it's a crappy draft class or overrated. There he goes on the record in his 'why would i want to tank when i said that'...Ainge has his little alibi. Fair enough. He's not going to drool over Wiggins and then tell Brad to sit a few game-winners.
The culture around picking a sure thing in a draft and tanking to do so gives GMs like Ainge that little bit of an out to hold fire on playoff pursuit. We all understand it. Wink. Wink. Sacrifice a team's identity development (because the identity could change anyways with the addition of a superstar) for individual player development.
The Celtics have tried to lose games. I has happened. It happened against the Bucks in the 2006-07 game when the Celtics sat top scorers when they had the lead, and then handed out DNPs to Al Jefferson in the race for the better %. It happened. It's on record. The Celtics have tanked. We're going it again. We are developing players and getting a coach NBA ready while doing so. It's amazing that everyone else is actually doing worse.
The Celtics have talent. They have pride, and when you see guys like Crawford and Sully busted a gut out there, you wonder are they really tanking.
Right now I take issue with all this nonsence spouted by people thinking that the Celtics would NEVER pursue a tanking strategy. Not the Celtics way...etc. Oh give me a break.