Six Pitfalls of NBA Management, Part 1: Passing on the Best Player

Fans of bad NBA teams, perpetually bad teams, will try to tell you their plight is a result of plain, old, bad luck.

They have suffered through years of untimely injuries, unforeseen circumstances, bad bounces, poor officiating, unjust suspensions, or the fact that they’re the Utah Jazz. Whenever they’re questioned about the shortfalls of their team, they quickly, and with a complete lack of cynicism or self-awareness, point to these variables.

They claim the failures of their team are the result of things beyond the control of the team.

They point to the fact that every championship team needs a little bit of good luck to win (or just that they can’t be called the Utah Jazz), and that they just haven’t been sprinkled with the pixie dust yet.

How do I respond to this? In a word, HOOEY!

The way I see it, there are six things that bad franchises do that make them bad franchises.

And, as luck would have it, there are six things that good franchises don’t do to continue being good franchises. Believe it or not, they are the same six things. Before I impart of this zen-like wisdom, let me make one thing quite clear.

Bad franchises suck because they have sucky ownership and sucky management. As Poppy would say, on this, there canna be no debate!

It isn’t luck or a curse or misfortune or karma or even dharma for that matter. That’s just something long suffering fans say to make themselves feel better and to give themselves hope that it can be turned around.

Let me save all of you long suffering fans some grief—your team has sucked, sucks now, and will continue to suck, until you get new ownership and new management.

The respective front offices of these bad teams have the collective basketball acumen of a large pile of poo. They just don’t get it, and they never will.

They say tha...

About the Author