Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Ric Bucher: Not a Believer

Thanks to reader Roger, who sent in this Q&A from a recent Ric Bucher chat on ESPN.com:

derence,(jersey city,nj): You guys rarely or never take a kings question.How good are they this year as compared to last year adding Rahim and Bonzi with the trio still there(Skinner,KT and Corliss) that they got out of the C-Webb deal? You think they have the right pieces now to possibly win it all?

Ric Bucher: Win it all? Or win *at* all? The Kings are in cost-cutting mode. Teams in that mode don't win it all. My question is, how much longer will the Kings be in Sacramento? Stay tuned.


I <3 national writers trying to stir up shit here at home. We've heard nothing (read: NOTHING) on any arena crap in several months. Nothing good, nothing bad. The only news has been the 2007 All-Star Game going to Vegas. Unless a Maloof source or a Vegas source is talking to Bucher and not the Bee, we're not buying it.

Also, there are probably a half-dozen teams not in cost-cutting mode right now - Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago, Charlotte, Miami and Houston comes to mind. The league in general is in a cost-cutting mode - Cuban is cutting back, the Maloofs are cutting back, the Spurs are looking to lose the Nesterovic albatross to cut costs.

It's a fact of business. When your team is aging and you've been spending a lot, at some point, the smart thing to do is to cut what you can from around your neck. PLEASE, Bucher, tell us which one of those "cost-cutting" deals was a bad one for Sacramento? Webber for KT, Corliss and Skinner? Christie for Cuttino?

Also, Bucher, where do you get off trying to look like two Sacramento personalities combined?
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2 Comments:

Blogger Todd Lerner said...

How was Christie for Cuttino a good move? Cuttino is going to be showing his stuff as a Clipper next season. So it was basically Christie for nothing.

Meanwhile, Doug's career has floundered since the trade, he was a terrible fit for the Magic. We'll see what he can do as a Mav's this year.

This is a great example of what Ric was talking about. Cutting players who were clear contributors to save a buck will not win you championships.

Then again, thats not what the Kings do, is it?

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Tom said...

The trade exchanged 2005 and 2006 Christie for 2005 Cuttino. I think it's safe to say that unless Bonzi beheads someone this season, a year of Cuttino and a year of Bonzi will be a lot more valuable than two years of this Doug Christie, especially considering the Kings (even had they waived him) would owe Doug upwards of $8M this year, maybe to see him play for a conference rival.

If they waived him, they'd have to pay a starting two - maybe the trade for Bonzi still happens, maybe not. I think it's safe to say Petrie wasn't going to run Mo Evans out there as the opening day starter.

So, you're now paying Bonzi $8M for a certain amount of expected production, while Orlando is paying Doug $8M for zero production.

Not only did the Kings save a dollar, but they got much better in the process. The front office knew Doug was on his last legs, and it will likely be evident in Dallas this year.

Christie for nothing? That deal is considered the heist of the league last season (Vince Carter certainly not withstanding). I'm curious to see what you think of the Webber deal? Was that also a deal championship teams wouldn't do?

12:35 PM  

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Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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