Ok this has been on my mind for a while. I'm sure that many of you think I’m really stupid for asking this. I mean duh, every fan wants their team to win a championship.
But really, what is the greatest thrill in sports? Is it really the end of the race or is it the steps you took to get to the end?
Take the Colts for example. Would that championship have been so sweet if there weren’t upsets and disappointments along the way? From getting beat by the Pats to losing to the underdog Steelers didn't the heartaches make that championship that much better? I remember more about the Colts Superbowl season than I do about the Superbowl game itself.
You look at the Pats this past season. I mean yeah it sucks to win every game but that last one. But does that really mean that their season was a failure?
This really started to get on my mind with Bruce Pearl. I remember his name being brought up for IU's job and there were IU fans saying "oh you can't win a championship playing like that" and stuff like that. And you know what, I really don't care. Especially in college basketball it is very tough to win it all.
Billy D wins two national championships in a row and all of a sudden he is one of the best coaches in the country. Before yeah he was good but after those two titles he is in the elite category. Sure, winning those two was very special but does anyone really think that Billy D made major changes to win those two titles? I doubt it. I think he was just as good of a coach the year before they won the first one as he was after they won the second one.
I did not follow the Pacers in the 90s, or the NBA for that matter, but let me ask those who did this. Would you trade those years for say one championship followed by 4 lottery team years? Is being the one team to win it all really that much better than being there year after year.
We talk about how hard it is to draft well and it is. One year you might get Tim Duncan and the next it might be Michael Oloawakandi. That could be the difference between winning 3 championships and winning none. That is the difference between being in the playoffs year in and year out and being the lottery year in and year out.
I ask this because with this Pacers team I have no hope. I see no real direction. We can't look at this team and say, if we just add this one last piece to the team we might be able to win it all. I don't see us getting lucky and adding a Tim Duncan or Chirs Paul type of player.
So how important is winning the championship to you, as a fan? Like I said, sure everyone has a desire for one I know. But is it really what fans need to look at their teams and call it a success? Would Pacers fans think that much more of Reggie if he had won one here? Would Jazz fan think that much more of Stockton and Malone if they had won one?