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Old 09-08-2009, 04:42 PM   #14 (permalink)
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The O'Neal deal was hoped to be good enough to bring some positive results. If Jose had stayed healthy it might have worked out. Where he fucked up was with relying on so little depth. Ultimately though it was about the contract obviously, and the ability to get Marion or Hedo going forward. I cannot be convinced that he ever felt that JO was the guy he wanted here. Listen to Triano now and he says that they needed to make him look good so they could move him down the line, and that he was not seen as a part of the team going forward. But the contract made a big difference, and BC was able to see all the deficiencies of the team while working on ways to convert the contract to spending room.
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