Make or Miss Podcast #24: Finals, Love, World Cup (with draft bonus)
Long time, no see, hear or read. Along with everyone else, I took a little time to decompress from the NBA finals, as well as throw myself into the World Cup. But good news, WOH is back with a brand new invention. Or really, just a new podcast with Rob, where we spend 90 minutes, first talking about the rumored Kevin Love deals with Golden State, (I get my Klay Thompson hate ON), break down the Spurs victory in the finals, before finishing up with some World Cup talk. We recorded pre-draft and pre USA NUMBER 1's winning-by-losing effort against Germany, so that's why it might sound dated.
Muttered Thoughts About Team Construction and Relative Player Value
The NBA's salary cap (really more of a "net" than a "cap") makes particular aspects of team building problematic. Simply identifying the best players and throwing money at them can't work, so teams are required to maximize their talent through the use of a byzantine network of exceptions, allowances and loopholes.
But the bottom line is that in general teams need multiple players to "outperform" their contracts to be championship contenders.