Re: Owners Learn Their Lesson
posted at 5/26/2011 4:47 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Owners Learn Their Lesson
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Owners Learn Their Lesson : I am wide awake. You have no idea what is going to happen, I at least can make deductions about will likely happen given what has been speculated. In the salary cap era, please make the list of teams that have a strong core together for several years, contends and even wins a title or more, then when the core dissolves, the team simply re-tools and the winning just continues....... again... make the list, it should not take more than 2 seconds.
Posted by TheDUDDER[/QUOTE]
It depends on how strictly you want to define "re-tools and the winning just continues." If you mean the team gets rid of everyone and wins a championship again the following year, of course nobody has done that. If you mean that most of the key players leave but the team re-tools and contends for a championship within 5 years (without ever becoming truly terrible in the interim), two examples would be (man I hate this, but it's true) Miami and the Lakers. Other than Wade and Haslem, I don't think the Heat have anyone left from their '06 title team, but here they are 5 years later on the cusp of making it back to the finals. The Lakers pretty much broke up the band (except for Kobe - even Fisher left for a couple of years) after losing the 2004 Finals but were back in the finals in 2008 and won in 2009.
So, it HAS been done. It's not easy, and most teams don't do it, but it is possible.
(For that matter how many teams TOTAL have won a championship in the last 20 years? Let's see - Chicago, Houston, San Antonio, the Lakers, the Heat, and the Celtics - a whole 6 teams out of what, a 31-team league? Most teams never even get close, so appreciate every minute when your team is
at that level.)