NetIncome wrote:Mitch Kupchak, R.C. Buford, Danny Ainge, Joe Dumars have all won championships. I don't think any of the other current GM's have won.
On the other hand, young GMs Daryl Morey and Sam Presti have done very very well in Houston and OKC.
The question is with a new owner, new coach, new arena, all that cap room and draft picks, do you want to add a new GM immediately. I think the solution will be a short contract to Thorn and the hiring of some money ball type assistant. There's always capologist Bobby Marks, who unlike everyone else in the front office, has a deal through next season.
Are people buying in to the statistically inclined GMs? To my knowledge, they haven't actually won anything -- although, I gotta admit, the smoke and mirrors thing Houston has going on is pretty cool.
I'm not entirely sure what Presti has done. The anti-Billy Beane argument in baseball was always, "how good are they without Hudson, Mulder and Zito?" Well, how good is OKC without Durant?
Isn't that what it comes down to, in the end? What will the Nets accomplish if they don't draft John Wall and/or can't lure any marquee free agents? Whoever is in charge will need to create magic out of nothing once more if the Nets are going to contend.