I am not going to make a secret of it, I am against blowing this team up this year, but I respect the opinions of some of those who want to. I realize now Danny's comments about wanting Red to trade over-the- hill Kevin McHale and Larry Bird for deals that centered on these guys provides a perfect opportunity for me to make my argument. In the early 90's when he wanted to make these trades, Person and Schrempf basically were hitting their peak. Schrempf continued to be a pretty productive player more or less, while Person declined quickly and drastically.
Chuck Person: He was basically an 18-19 ppg, 6 reb, 3 assist guy with 45% FG until he was traded in 92-93 (which is more or less the season we would have gotten him) when his play dramatically tailed off. Can't blame Danny for wanting to go after a guy like that, but it's just an example of what happens to players often in the NBA.
Detlef Schrempf: Basically a 15-18 ppg and 5-6 reb guy after we would have gotten him, which would have been during his peak, and he roughly maintained these averages through the 90's.
So my point is this: a lot of folks want danny to trade our over-the-hill superstars for guys like this. These guys were a little better, but pretty much the same as the best players we had throughout the 90s, guys like Dee Brown, Dino Radja, Xavier McDaniel, until we got a superstar with Pierce. But even when we got Pierce and we had 2nd options like Walker, Ricky Davis, etc., the C's were always pretenders. It is so, so rare and difficult for a franchise to build a true championship contender. That Phoenix loss was very hard to stomach, I really thought they were starting to turn the corner. It is brutal to watch games like that. But before you advocate blowing it up, I implore everyone to think long and hard about what it would mean to go forward with a team of Persons and Schrempfs, instead of trying to squeeze one last run out of a group of guys who have been there before.