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01-24-2013, 02:00 PM
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Not so much make it once every five years, but it's not unreasonable to make multiple ecf appearences when given a generational talent. Pitt complemented their stars with the right pieces, likewise for Tampa and their hampered with a budget. I think a couple ecfs could have been made with the correct and/or more aggressive moves during OV's tenure. Is that a unreasonable view?
By the same token, they were surprisingly close to the ECF in both 08-09 and 11-12 (not that they particularly deserved to be in either case, but go with it). Would a few random plays going differently in each case have suddenly validated GMGM's moves over that time?
It's reasonable to say that GMGM should have made better moves (to take advantage of Ovi's best years or whatever other context you want to put them in). It's unreasonable to say that not making the ECF is the problem. The problem is whether or not he built a team that was good enough, not whether they got far enough. I know the result is what we as fans want to see, but it's the construction (all facets of it, so coaching decisions come into play as well) that he has control over.
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