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Old 07-14-2009, 02:44 PM   #7 (permalink)

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how many teams are realistically competing for a championship anyways? in any league? ok, well, not in the cfl, but in any other major pro sports league? getting deeper into the playoffs and having a shot is all you can ask for, imo... anything else is gravy and/or luck.

let's look at the top nba teams -

-lakers get gasol through a trade no one would have thought possible and it solidifies the team. artest is added and agrees to play for less cash than he could get elsewhere.

-spurs get duncan by a complete stroke of luck and develop 2nd round picks into stars.

-cavs draft lebron after being a laughing stock for years and suddenly become 'great'

-boston gets an old friend to make what seems like a ludicrous deal and acquires garnett. allen comes to play with him and they succeed despite a razor-thin bench. the thinness of the team rears its head the followiong year and they don't make it past the 2nd round.

-orlando drafts dwight after being terrible and then signs lewis to one of the most overpaid deals of all time. somehow it turns into a success.

every one of these scenarios is full of 'ifs' and a whole bunch of luck and fortuitous circumstances. all you can really do is try to build yourself a good team and see how the guys can compete when the chips are down. seeing where we were at the end of last year and what our offseason prospects appeared to be, colangelo has pretty much done all he can do and more.
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