This post made me realize something: not only is Obie the key to a high draft pick this year, Obie is also the key to a high draft pick next year! Bird is letting Obie **** away the season while not developing the youngsters with the hope of getting a top 5 pick. Then, NEXT year, the team will show no real improvement (due to the aforementioned lack of playing time this year) and will CONTINUE to lose and get another top 5 pick!
Then we fire Obie, restock our roster, and have 2 top-5 picks to run with in 2011-2012! That one-year extension was genius!