This is a pickle, Bryan, this is a pickle …
As the Raptors continue to sludge through the 2008-2009 season, there are now voices being raised in the traditional media, the blogosphere and, in general, amongst their rabid fanbase, that the time is at-hand for this outfit to swing another major deal … e.g. I. No panic, but Colangelo looking for a good deal, II. The State of the Raptors & III. Doug Smith confirms: Raps trying to move JO.
Well, you know what?
Q1. How often can the followers of this team actually get it wrong … when it comes to gauging accurately [I] WHAT moves SHOULD be made [or not] and WHEN they should be made [or not] to improve its fortunes?
A1. Just about … EVERY SINGLE TIME.
“Now, listen to me … I, I beg of you not to do this thing. If Potter gets a hold of this Building & Loan there’ll never be another decent house built in this town. He’s already got charge of the bank, he’s got the bus line, he got the department stores and now he’s after us. Why? Well, it’s very simple … because we’re cutting in on his business, that’s why. And because he wants to keep you living in his slums and paying the kind of rent he decides. Joe, you had one of those Potter houses, didn’t you? Well, have you forgotten? Forgotten what he charged you for that broken down shack. Here, Ed … you know, you remember last year when things weren’t going so well and you couldn’t make your payments, well, you didn’t lose your house, did yah? Do you think Potter would have let you keep it. Can’t you see? Ca … can’t you understand what’s happening here? Don’t you see what’s happening? Potter isn’t selling … Potter’s buying! And, why? Because we’re panicking and he’s not, that’s why. He’s picking up some bargains. Now we, we can get through this thing alright … if we … we’ve got to stick together, though, we’ve got to have faith in each other.” – George Bailey
FACT IS …
He who really knows what he is doing DOES NOT sell … when others say that he SHOULD. He waits. He watches. He evaluates. He sits tight. He holds on. He rides it out. Then, eventually … when the time is RIGHT … HE STRIKES! He BUYS, again, over and over and over. He doesn’t sell. In fact … He NEVER ever really sells, at all … Truth be told. He is ALWAYS buying … something, somewhere, from someone … whether The Other party realizes it, or not. It’s really quite irrelevant, in the grand scheme of things. At least it is … to THE ONE WHO REALLY KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING.
It’s an Immutable Law of the Universe … designed to test your mettle.
Nothing more and nothing less than that.