I would love to pepper this post with a ton of statistical similarities on how each of these guys operate after taking control of a team and the obvious goal is to dismantle it from top to bottom.
But, the MLB and NBA are kinda different fields when it comes to building a farm system, salary cap, long term growth, etc...so what I'd like to focus on is the successfull conceptual/process attitude these guys both have that gives me confidence the Kings (and Cubs) are on the right track.
Theo's sports resume is ridiculous...if Vivek bought the A's there is no doubt Theo would be at the top of the list as his go to guy.,.he has brought a new strategy of building farm systems into baseball and somehow hitting on most drafted players and trades thus far (billy beane being a great GM too, and what a trade these two GMs just recently made that will likely help both teams in the end).
The point here is that they are both going through major tear the shit up rebuilds...and both are eventually cleaning house of the guys that we're not brought in under their regime. The latter part doesn't matter much for the kings as I don't feel there is a controversial player that should be kept under the old regime other than...IT.
while Theo has done a great job of trading aging cubs for young talent, I can't say the same has been done on the kings end. The closest comparison is the macB for DWill swap where the kings bought low on a one year rental and flipped him into a promising yet unproven player. We need to try and do more of that, even if it ends up with nothing in the long run...our problem in doing this is our roster is loaded with average players, they see average time, and they can't put up the stats or play at an efficient enough level to have value in a trade. Example: if you start JT every night and play him 35 he will get 15/10 and be a valuable trade asset...but we have 4 PFs to battle playing time.
The leagues are obviously totally different, but the one thing Theo is doing a little faster than Vivek /PD, is cleaning house. I know it's harder to do in the nba but the sooner the better and I really thought we could have used our draft pick as leverage to unload a contract and/or gain some 2nd rd picks (poker chips for future deals) in our draft.
we seem to be moving just a hit slower in unloading...comments appreciated.