Since the dust has cleared from the Dwight drama (for now), we can move forward and think objectively about Thursday's trade for Gerald Wallace and the future of the Nets organization. Even though we were disappointed, angry, (and for the posters who seem to delight in the Nets' misery, amused), I really think we have a lot to look forward to moving forward.
I compare our situation to a teenage girl who is expecting to get a Mercedes for her 17th birthday. When the day arrives, instead of a Mercedes she gets a Lexus. She's angry and disappointed because her expectations were not met, but at the end of the day, she still has a Lexus and she's in a better situation than she was before. Some would even argue that a Lexus is a better car to have than a Mercedes.
Losing our draft pick stings a little, but we are now like that girl with a Lexus. Gerald Wallace is a great player and a major upgrade from the injury-riddled dead weight that were Shawne Williams and Mehmet Okur. As much as I have spoken against Billy King on this board, I need to re-evaluate my stance and admit that he has really improved our team during his time as GM.
We now have an unbelievably exciting and talented group of guys on the team. I am going to the game tonight, and I can't wait to see Gerald Green play in person and Gerald Wallace make his debut in a Nets uniform. MarShon was drafted under King's watch. D-Will came to us as well (even though he may leave), and of course having Hump on the floor is almost always good to watch. Hopefully he will be here longer after this summer.
I'm confident that our team is getting better and more exciting. Perhaps the Wallace trade was more intelligent than it may have initially appeared, especially since Orlando loves him as a player. Maybe our having him is a precursor to a Dwight deal down the road that would enable us to keep either MarShon or Brook. Who knows. What we do know, is that our future became a little better after Thursday. As disappointed as we are that we did not get Dwight, perhaps it was for the best.
I came across this article on ESPN.com. Yes, I'd rather have Dwight, but it's still an interesting read nonetheless. I think the author makes some great points that need to be considered.