Before you stop reading and think "Oh, what an over-reacting idiot," please at least try to hear me through here. I'll try to steer clear from all those old cliches "I'm no longer a fan posts," since this will be my official farewell to the 15 years of Pacer fandom.
Today's skunked trade pretty much seals it for me. I'm a known pessimist, so maybe I'm over-reacting here, but my basic philosophy for this season was that we had the assets. We had the assets to make a trade at the deadline. Most people around the Pacers' fanbase would add an "or either nab a decent free agent in the off season" statement within that sentence, but I've come to the conclusion that's entirely impossible.
David West, who is around thirty, is really going to leave the New Orleans Hornets (a winning franchise) for the Pacers (a perennial fringe team and most likely a first round sweep this year)? I mean, how optimistic can you get? Zach Randolph? I dislike him more then I do Mcroberts and his incredible ability to start at PF in the league and average back up stats. Nene is the only slight possibility and that's if we grossly overpay him.
O.J. Mayo may not have been the solution to our team's troubles. Hell, he might have been a cancer that could have pushed this dying patient over the edge. Who the hell knows. Either way, he was something. We go into the final 20 games of this season with Brandon Rush at shooting guard, who after watching for 3 years I've finally decided I hate, and Josh McRoberts. Sweet lord god, thank you for the blessing of having such a fine and amazing talent as Josh. His ability to run the court well is unparalleled.
We had the assets to get a deal done and didn't. Now, with Carmelo Anthony just nearing 27 with another All Star on his team in his prime, there is another team we have to fight. Miami? Three hall of famers in their primes locked up for the next five years. Chicago? Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Noah for the next 3-4.
I'm guessing Larry is expecting for us to be the 7th seed next year after the League Mandates that a majority of the Celtics team must retire because they've outlawed walkers and wheelchairs on the court.
Either way it's bleak future, my friends. I can't go through another 5 years of bottom feeding. Anyone who tells me that this team is going to be in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat in 2-3 years either don't know basketball or is Larry Bird himself.
So, yeah.. a crappy team to build around, an ever improving East, no trades in the year we needed to use assets, and a great chance of landing no one of any value in the off season without grossly overpaying them and screwing our team even worse for the future? So yeah..