OK, being an old timer I do remember a few reasons for all of the ABA teams to struggle after entering the NBA. First thing is a few players had jumped ship and went to existing NBA teams, second it cost the 4 ABA teams a lot of money for the "right" to join the NBA,third the 4 ABA teams were not allowed to participate in the draft for the first 3 years after they joined . This hampered the growth of all 4 teams that joined the league along with no TV revenue they had no money to play in the free agent pool. So to answer the question I feel worse about the team now than then since there were plenty of good reasons for them to be bad, at least back then the team hustled and tried to win,now we have what 3 -4 players that actually try game in and game out! Sorry for the rant since I lurk more than I post but when I saw a question for the old timers I had to answer!