OrlandoMagic777, on 20 February 2013 - 10:51 PM, said:
Oh well, Jameer being injured just gives us one more excuse to lose. I believe sub-consciously, the team enjoys having excuses for being such a poor team, they thrive off of it. Takes a lot of pressure off of them. JV has promoted an atmosphere of lowered expectations for this team, and a team is indicative of it's leader. They sense their leader expecting us to lose, and they follow suit. Call it a self fulfilling prophecy. Sure, we're bad, and have had injuries, but we aren't 15 win bad. All of those games we lost by 6 or less points, that's all mental. We are simply a team of lowered expectations and nobody is forcing any fire in our belly, winning isn't expected or craved bad enough. We are in "rebuilding mode" and sadly, that's an excuse to lose so many games we should be winning.
In our defense, we've been pretty banged up all year and we competed very hard for the first 30 games or so, losing a ton of close games and getting a couple no one expected. This team lacks talent in general and the injuries have taken their toll, but this really isn't playing out much differently than anyone expected. It's gonna be a tough couple years, but this is part of the process. At least we're seeing some growth in Harkless and have our center moving forward. A couple good drafts and FA acquisitions and we'll be back...hang tight. As for JV, we can only hope his approach evolves as the expectation level is raised. If he doesn't that's a problem, but its not at the moment in my opinion.