Might as well make a brief appearance at the end of the season, eh?
Well, contrary to my belief, Tim Floyd did a poor job at controlling his players and motivating his team. The playoff series and even Game 7 alone is a microcosm for the whole season. Inconsistent play from quarter-to-quarter and day-to-day.
I'll say this for Floyd, he's an excellent college coach but a mediocre (not horrible) NBA coach. That is, all things being equal with a decent roster he can probably get a team 40-50 wins a season. Unfortunately, such a team probably should be getting 50-60 wins realistically.
From the posts I've read from my fellow posters whose inside information has been reliable in the past it looks like the axe will fall on Floyd before the week's out.
If this indeed happens, to me, that says a lot. If you consider Tom Benson who lets below average coaches rot on his team year-in-and-year out and parrot his nonsensical 'we woikin' to win in noo awweans,' and compare him with George Shinn who is prepared to take immediate action, I think you'll see a clear difference in ownership.
People rip Shinn mercilessly. Yes, he made a big mistake with Floyd, however, give the man credit: he's willing to own up to it and start to correct it asap and not wallow at .500 like the other pro franchise in town.
Is he cheap? We will see who the next hire is, but I get the feeling there will be major changes.
Rick Stein wrote some silly article on ESPN.com saying that a loss to the Heat could mean the end of pro hoops in New Orleans. Nonsense.
Is attendance in decline? Yes, but seriously, folks, no matter what, some team in the league will always be dead last in attendance. Is that team going to move just because of that? Of course not.
George Shinn has everything he needs right now. Plenty of money from luxury suites, a city that doesn't despise him, etc. Why move? It makes no sense. This team is under no threat of moving until George Shinn is no longer owner, end of story.
Will rebuilding turn fans off? No. Not so long as a clear plan is in place to build around Baron Davis and David West. It'll be a test to see how much we can get for Mashburn, Wesley, etc. in the offseason but, with the right trades and free agent signings, it wouldn't suprise me to see the team in the playoffs in the West (granted not a top seed but still competing).
I think Bass probably needs to step down and I get the feeling... after the results of this season, he may very well be asked to do so.