Let's just have a thread about the basic question because it seems to be the theme or undercurrent of a large number of the threads on posts this season.
I haven't posted much so far this year but I've been lurking here and watching as many games as I can on League Pass and I've had some time to chew on our current situation.
Just to get the point: this is one of those years where a championship run is out of the question for any reasonable objective observer. Even making the playoffs will be a real challenge. Having said that, I (as a fan) really would prefer to see this organization fight and compete and let the chips fall where they may, rather than tank and pretty much intentionally lose games in order to try and secure a better draft pick.
I will admit there is a gray area here. I'm not suggesting you bench the young guys and forego the future of the team just to wring a few more quality minutes out of vets etc. like Carlisle and JOB were accused of doing in the tough years. I'm not saying you treat your trade and free agent situations the same as you would if you were in "win now" mode. But I just don't think this organization or this market is wired to endure years of intentional bad basketball so we can accelerate a rebuilding project. In fact I think one of the things I think Donnie Walsh did right in his tenure was to re-tool on the fly as much as possible instead of going into full tank mode and risk a slippery slope of losing seasons that can easily result in s chronic losing culture.
I get that the fact that PG is coming back next year makes it very tempting to compare this to the late 90s Spurs when Robinson went down and they got Duncan. But even in that situation the Spurs got very lucky. And I also think it's really early in the season this year for so many of the forum folks to be automatically assuming we should throw in the towel this early.
Personally I would love for us to get the eighth seed, fight hard, do something very clever with next year's pick (draft or trade) and proceed from there with PG back. I don't get why that would be so terrible. Some of you will probably think that is insane but I think in the long term it really is better for the franchise to always try to win and to generally have a winning culture.