....who is actually a little interested in watching a Rondo-Bradley-Green-Bass-Sully team next year? Don't get me wrong - I'm not saying it's a title contender (it isn't) but with the right coach and right attitude I'm not going to dismiss it as a tank job as quickly as the conventional wisdom out there indicates we should. Rondo and Bradley haven't really played together at full capacity in two years but have always had terrific backcourt chemistry; Green, to me, showed signs of potential stardom last year; Sullinger is going to be a double-double factory with more touches now that Pierce and KG and their 30+ shots a game are gone; Brooks and Wallace (if we keep him) can score from the wing; Humphries is a serviceable rotation guy; Our new draftee, Bjorn Borg, could stretch defenses right away; Courtney Lee was written off by Doc (who gets a free pass post-championship for being not-very-good at coaching struggling players in his early days here) but can return to being the good NBA player he consistently was before coming to Boston. Can Fab Melo become a usable rotation defending & rebounding 5? Could happen.
The pre-Harden Rockets were good because they were smart and well-coached, not because they had star players. We can be that, then progressively add pieces and be there in 2-3 years with the time in-between filled with compelling, competitive basketball. If I'm wrong and we suck and get Wiggins, fine, I'll take that outcome too. I'm pro-trade regardless of where it takes us.
Look, I'm not disputing that the era is over. It is. But I'm not dreading next year either and I'm not ready to call us a bottom-5 team. Is that crazy?