I know a lot of folks talk about the ‘next year’ problem, but I like to look at things very realistic. And realistically, I haven’t been looking at things as ‘next year’ for the last 3 years. Since Delon and Jakob have been gone, it’s been really treading water. But I remember thinking in 2012-13 that we had a good core with Dakari, Brandon, and Loveridge, and was hopeful that we could put a few more pieces in place. It was a tough season, but I was optimistic, and that next year we added Delon, the year after Jakob, and it was off to the races.
That’s where we are right now. We have a nice core, probably quite a bit better than 2012-13 of Rylan, Timmy, Both, Micky, Brenden, Riley, and we have some decent role players that can come deep off the bench like Jaxon and Lahat. Are we good this year, no. But I think we are actually a lot closer to being good than most people think. This LA road trip would have looked very different if we could have just made shots from outside. And we have good shooters, but they are young. Next year they will be making shots, and if we can add a couple more pieces, preferably a high volume scorer, I think we can be damn good.
I’m just going to temper my expectations and enjoy the ride.