So, it's on ESPN that Shaq is going to Boston. Well, well, well.
At minimum veteran salary (1.4 million), it was too cheap to let go for them. For him, it seems is about to keep playing in a high level team. Maybe even having a shot for a 5th ring.
The point here for us is about the new NBA. It seems that if you have a winning team, or a very strong nucleus, then you can buy on the cheap lots of good players, a la Miami. You have to be dumb, or really unlucky, not to build a contender if you have a couple golden chips on board.
Well, as of now, we don't have any golden chip (we can make a case for a silver chip, but that's it. We don't have the LeBrons, the Howards, the Durants, the Kobes, etc., lets be honest here). AND, we have been both dumb and unlucky with our moves the past years. At the least.
On this new NBA, new strategies have to be used to build contenders. I would love to have a strong idea on how ours should be, but even having faith in new management, I can't see enough free players around to change things around in 3-4 years.
Just to finish on topic again, if we wanted Shaq (I know we don't) we should have payed 4 times what Boston is paying, and still he would have said No Thanks. So how can you compete on a league where you have to pay several times what others offer just to have a chance to sign them? (*sigh*). Please someone give me some hope.