Q: How would you balance your obviously blatant Boston homerism with being the Bucks' GM? Would you be permitted to make trades with the Celtics? Would we get the Bill Simmons Cam when during a Celts-Bucks game the camera would cut to you in the owner's box, your lower lip quivering and hiding a smirk whenever KG dunks on the Chairman? Would you be testifying before Congress on charges of conflict of interest and telling them "My buddy, House, misremembers ... I did not attend Paul Pierce's afterparty following the Bucks' playoff loss to the Celtics. But my nanny and my wife and children might have?" I think Bucks fans should demand that you renounce your ties to Boston at your introductory news conference.
-- (Name Accidentally Deleted), Ann Arbor, Mich.
SG: Good e-mail with some good points. I guess I'd have to put my love for the Celtics on hold for as long as I held the Bucks' job -- kinda like how you can put your DirecTV account on hold for a few weeks when you move. And I'd have to adopt Larry Bird's rule of never trading with the Celtics under any circumstances. Sadly, we'll never know how it would have turned out -- the Bucks are bound and determined to fail with the likes of Doug Collins, Billy King or any other name guy who has failed with at least one other NBA team. This is how the NBA works and how bad teams stay bad. They don't take chances, don't think outside the box and continue to make the same safe mistakes that everyone else is making.
Here's a great example: New York's hiring of 67-year-old Donnie Walsh to save its basketball operations. Yeah, he's a "respected" name, but he was also part of the braintrust that overpaid for Jermaine O'Neal, Al Harrington, Austin Croshere and Jamaal Tinsley; traded for the reprehensible contracts of Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Troy Murphy just to get Ike Diogu (huh????) and dump Stephen Jackson; turned Antonio Davis (a valuable big man at the time) into Jonathan Bender; turned Ron Artest into three months of Peja Stojakovic; hired Isiah Thomas as a coach and handed over the 2002 draft to him (leading to Isiah overruling his scouts and drafting Fred Jones over Tayshaun Prince); and on top of that, it's not like he was knocking draft picks out of the park (check out Indiana's picks since 1990 and tell me if you love any of them other than the no-brainer pick of Danny Granger in '05, unless you have a fetish for white guys who were drafted 15 picks too high). Could Larry Bird share some of the blame for those moves? Absolutely. But it's bizarre to me that anyone would consider Walsh a potential savior of anything. That's the NBA for you.