As recently alluded to here, The NBA Draft is one of my favorite events of the year for a variety of reasons, most notably that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m fascinated by the thought process that goes into shaping teams for the future. And despite all the snap judgments made right after it happens, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s impossible to know without a few years of perspective who truly wins and loses a draft.
But just as a team can set themselves up for success down the road, a simple mistake can come back to haunt a team years down the road.
Now the Cavaliers could very well re-sign LeBron James, and the Knicks could lure him to New York, as Stephen A. Smith feels they might. Those are probably his two most likely destinations for 2010-11. But if either or both misses out, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll probably have to look at early parts of this decade and understand that one crucial mistake each cost them big-time.