I got on board as a kid when they were winning. My expectations, I think, are higher than those of you who survived the 80's with this team because of that.
But regardless, I think by sticking around after the Finals and continuing to do so today proves that I'm willing to stick with the team when they're not exactly contending.
With that said, I need something to hold onto while I'm dealing with the losing, and I feel like I'm not getting much.
During the Isiah years, it was fun and rewarding watching our new, younger guys step up and start to contribute after sitting on the end of the bench in 2000, or in JO's case coming in from being on Portland's bench. Then it was adding Ron and Brad to that. It was fun to see these guys start to come into their own.
But this time, it's just not like that. We get to watch some youth, but not enough, usually inconsistently, and combined with the coaching that I just don't care for, it's just a pain in the *** to stay interested, let alone excited.
With that said, this won't make me walk away a la "Spider-Man, no more!" but if Jim comes back again I'll probably have to go into the fan equivalent of cryo-freeze until he and Bird are out. When this era is over, I'll thaw out, whether they're winning or not, and give the next administration a chance.