The tide has turned. The fog has lifted, the Earth has shifted, and raised the gifted. Don't call it a youth movement, call it the future. Call it Shock and Hawes.
After last night's game crapfest in Dallas, TZ posted a brilliant recap detailing how Theus is botching the rotation. Without stealing his thunder, it boils down to the following quote:
You can't tell me Moore is better than Thompson right now.
In June, none of us thought we'd be saying something like that come November. And it's less of a statement about Moore's abilities than it is a statement of Thompson's abilities.
The full point of TZ's post was that Thompson and Hawes are better options than Miller and Moore. Hawes over Miller? In the preseason we were openly doubting Hawes, and his commitment (or lack thereof) to the team. We were upset at Miller for getting suspended, and we were talking about how much worse this team was going to be with Miller out.
But the kids stepped it up. They've won us over. Will we still doubt them? Sure! Will we still question their abilities? Of course. Will we eventually grow to hate them and their inevitable capspace-killing contract extentions? Probably, after all we're still Sacramento. But for now we are enamored. Drink it in. Do you remember? Do you remember what hope is like?
After each loss, we can take solice in the work on JT and Hawes. We can shrug off the bad, and dream of the brighter days to come. The JT pick caused so much swearing and disgust on draft day that I'm pretty sure there was a dedicated thread for bashing him.
That was less than six months ago. How will we feel about these guys in another 6 months?