That's all my goals have been since the Iverson trade season. That and hope they sneak out with 40-42 wins. Gosh, how long has that been now? It's been 10 years.
We've seen some pretty generic mediocre basketball since then. You can't look at any of the teams over the last 10 years and look at these teams in terms of long-term goals. Really, all you can be is a "fan" and hope they win each night you watch a game, realizing the squad is no better than one of those generic NBA teams that probably will finish below .500. These aren't teams you can really analyze and say if we have this or that or if we do this or that. Yeah, I guess you can, but it's a fruitless exhibition. And, at this time, it doesn't look like the current pattern is going to change. Maybe they surprise us and win four in a row suddenly look more like a playoff team for a small stretch. We've seen some of these non-descript teams start seasons well (the last two years) and saw at least one other start dreadful and then put something like a 30-game run together to possibly sneak into the playoffs (forget what year that was). Maybe this team wins 35. Maybe it wins 42. Really, it's just a number. They still will be one of those generic teams and I'm not going to look at them as anything more than that. Knowing that, I'm just going to "fan" it again this year. Just try to enjoy the games as they come and not look too much beyond that.
That's what I've done most of the last 10 years. Hopefully, we see another positive trend sometime in my lifetime. We probably will see at least one more incline where you can truly analyze the team at a serious level - even if it is just at the 45-48 win team level. I'll just wait for that time to come.