It's like this: if the warriors don't make the playoffs this year, they lose about 4000 fans.
So be it. They'll be back when the team gets there.
And stockpiling young talent doesn't make you a contender if you do it as the Hawks have done it. They have had several bad drafts, passing on good young players that would make them much better than they are (Chris Paul...) and do not have a legit organization. There's even uncertainty about who's going to be the owner.
And don't get me wrong, I love AI, and I'd be willing to make any trade for him that doesn't involve Ike or J-Rich, and that's merely due to AI's age. I don't think getting to the playoffs is important if it means that we'll have to rebuild again in a couple of years. F*ck the playoffs, then. We have to build towards being a contender for the future.
But you need a superstar (unless you're the 04 pistons) to win a championship. The Heat had Wade (future MVP unless lebron wins EVERY MVP for the next 15 years). The spurs had duncan (2 time MVP). The Lakers has shaq (mvp) and kobe (future scoring champion). The bulls had jordan (who's he?). The rockets had hakeem (MVP, should be 2 time MVP). The pistons had isiah (he could have been an MVP if magic, larry, and MJ weren't all in the league). The lakers had Magic (3 time MVP?) and kareem (6 time MVP). The Celts had bird (3 time MVP). The 76ers had moses (2 time MVP?) and Dr. J (MVP). The blazers had Walton (MVP). The celts had cowens (MVP). the warriors had shouldawouldacoulda been MVP barry. The knicks had reed (MVP). The bucks had kareem (MVP). The celts had 5 time MVP russell and MVP cousy. THe Lakers and 76ers had 4 time MVP wilt. The hawks had MVP pettit. So, since the award's inception, the heat, the warriors, the pistons, and the wizards are the only teams without an MVP to win the championship. The warriors had rick barry who should have won MVP and won the ABA MVP. The wizards had Elvin Hayes who was one of the five best players in the game for a while. The Pistons had Isiah. The heat had Wade. The 04 pistons are the only
team without a top 5 player in the league to win a championship and they had four allstars plus prince. In other words, you don't win championships without superstars and it's very difficult to get a superstar when you perrenially win 34-38 games and are over the cap because you can't sign anybody very good and you can't (usually) draft anybody good at the 9th spot, especially since lack of HS players in the draft takes so much of the randomness out of who gets the stars