01/20/12 9:48 am EST
As Ice-T famously coined in the late 80’s, “Pimpin’ ain’t easy”. Well, neither is winning in the NBA. As the 7-6 faithful know full well, the road out of the depths of David Stern’s armpit and personal torture chamber to an Eastern Conference sleeper is lengthy, rotten, disturbing, inauspicious, infuriating, and any other negative adjective you can think of.
Most times teams try to buy their way out; adding a big free agent here and a mid-level free agent there. Sometimes it’s successful, and other times it burns and fades faster thanDallas’ chances at repeating as NBA Champions.
Even before Shaq teamed up with Kobe, championship teams were built by “buying” superstars, only to then pair them with a home grown talent; the likes of which were more times than not, threatening to leave without proper additions that would shed the teams previous losing ways.
Today, even your regular run of the mill and early exit playoff teams are built on this very philosophy. All of them pray that a few All-Stars mixed with the Matt Barnes’ of the world equate to the raising of a banner.
So often though, these teams spend much of their vital salary cap on guys unworthy of the status quo of being a highly touted/highly paid free agent.
Simply put, they fall victims to a thin market and their individual basketball habitat.
When you take a look at the current NBA landscape, what do you see?