The Milwaukee Bucks recently extended the contract of GM John Hammond. Herb Kohl, the team president, said that Hammond has done a “terrific” job and that the GM assembled a team of talented players.
Hmmmm. No, I don’t think so. If being a good enough GM to have a team land in the late lottery every year is terrific, then I wonder what a bad job looks like. Don’t get me wrong; Hammond has a tough job. Being the GM of a small market team in the NBA is no picnic, and it is hard to entice free agents to want to move to Milwaukee.
If getting a washed up Monta Ellis and a young, but inefficient Brandon Jennings as your starting backcourt is considered putting together a lot of talented players, then I just have to disagree. I’m not saying he should have gotten fired yesterday, but giving a GM an extension when he doesn’t deserve one can only lead to complications down the line.
Bottom line? This is a win-now league, and though the Bucks have a winning record (22-18), they are still on the fast track towards getting swept by the New York Knicks or Miami Heat. That is what Bill Simmons calls no-man’s land in the NBA. If you are good enough to make the playoffs, but not good enough to do anything once you get there, then you might as well blow the whole thing up and go back to rebuilding mode.
Harsh? Yes. But also true.