In light of all the trade talk that tends to fly like mad around this forum, is it reasonable to take a step back and think about what kind of mentality we may be adopting?
Lets rewind back to Valentine's Day of 1995. In walks Clyde Drexler. We become the laughing stock of the league, but ultimately cruise our way to a second title. I'll never forget how I felt when the Rockets landed Clyde, and how sweet it was to prove everyone wrong when the Final seconds ticked off the clock in the Summitt.
But something feels different now. At the time, Clyde Drexler for Otis Thorpe was an unbelievable deal. Re-tooling the defending champions in such a dramatic way was ludicrous, to say the least. But it worked.
Who can argue with success?
Well, supposed "blockbuster" trades have been on the rise in the last few years... How many times has the "largest trade in NBA history" happened in the last 5 years... How many "key deals" have been pulled off that made the difference? What is it about what you don't have that will cause you to sacrifice so much of what you DO to get your hands on it.
I'm not going to point fingers, or site examples, or even speculate on what have been good or bad moves that have been made as of late. Just one caution: beware of quick solutions to complex problems...
If you're not careful, you might just find yourself wading through the same mediocrity as everyone else...
"There are three kinds of lies:
Lies, Damned Lies, and STATISTICS..."
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