Following our playoff series loss to Chicago, Larry Bird's idea was to create a team with 5 solid starters that could combat the "super teams" that have been created throughout the league. He signed D.West, and traded for G.Hill, and ever since then we were a team in every sense of the word. We HAD to play together and with great chemistry both offensively and defensively in order to compete with the Miami Heat's of the world. We created a team environment where no single player was above the team, and everyone had a vital role within that team concept. We took pride in being the more aggressive, more physical, and more active team on the floor.
Fast forward a few years, a few all star berths, an all NBA berth, and a bunch of attention love and praise, from the press, and things are a little different. Now we are (viewed) as a team with a legitimate superstar (PG), and we have another player who has the talent and mind-set that promotes individuality on the court (Lance). I'm not pointing blame specifically at those two, but I feel that the status of both players is the biggest change we have seen in the team the past two years. When roles change so drastically, it can cause ripples in chemistry--which is what I think we've seen with this team recently.
The biggest question is, can we get that chemistry back? Can we get that togetherness back? It seems the longer the season goes on, the more we see a break within the team. It wouldn't shock me to see some changes made this off season.