well, you and LX are hyper-optimists 😉
The rest of the world has occasional doubts …
I can only speak for myself, and I am both enjoying the fact that I can come home from work, have a beer and watch a game that I can reasonably expect to be happy about at the end. I could live with that, most of the time.
However, I also resent (sometimes deeply) when I see up and coming teams catching on to us and overtaking us (like Boston, Milwaukee and Philly next season, if kawhi leaves). I hate when media dismisses our regular season success (oh well, they're the raptors, they're good in the regular season, but they'll never make it past team X).
Finally, it's hard to consistently win 50+ games. Very few teams have done it in history, and they were usually anchored by an all-time player (Duncan, Nowitzki). No matter how well you draft, it's very hard to get players like demar or kyle or JV in the upper 20s. We got lucky with siakam, but we'd need to repeat that a few more times. Not only that, but the players themselves may get tired of it too - they may look for opportunities on a true contender, especially as they age, and even if it means taking a lesser role.
I'm offended by that hyper-optimist label, that is weak. Sir, I'm much worse, a pathological optimist. Better remember that. I believe you will.
Optimism has nothing to do with it. Appreciating and celebrating the game is what it is all about. I can watch Gasol defending off ball, swinging his head like an owl on ecstasy, slowly reading the play, angling his hips, taking half a step towards middle of the paint and then perfectly timing his lunge forward and swing at the ball to get a deflection. Slowest guy on the court but five steps ahead of everyone else. Beautiful.
Or look at D'Angelo Russel, snaking the P&R show defense, putting his man in jail, reading defense in front him and throwing in a smooth floater. A young guy beginning to figure it out, use different speeds, stay on balance and decide quickly. Beautiful.
Or remember, Tim Duncan, getting the ball on the elbow, doing nothing but subtle jab stepping and head faking and then just banking in a shot while defender remains dizzy out of simplicity. Exquisite.
None of those cases require any kind of useless debate show pollution. Which Gasol brother is better? Did Raptors make just a lateral move? Would Lakers be better if they kept DLO instead of Ingram or whoever? Tim Duncan vs Kevin Garnet vs Karl Malone?
Who gives a fuck outside of fake clowns who built their entire careers based on amazing stuff somebody else did?
I agree that winning 50 is hard. Hence the thread. We are taking it for granted and conditioning enjoyment and celebration of it on some constructed measure. Before the season started, most media had us 3rd and 4th in the East but somehow not making the finals is a complete failure. Just how scrambled their media brain has to be to state such oxymoron mess in a serious manner? Half of it is also trolling because Raptors fans react to these rankings like rabid seagulls and immediately start flocking sites/videos/comments sections/tweets.