Jan 16, 2012; Washington , DC, USA; Washington Wizards head coach Flip Saunders reacts during the first half against the Houston Rockets at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft: Wolves Postmordem


If you’re attempting to feel a little less vitriol towards the Wolves’ drafting of Shabazz. Here’s something sure to get your bile duct spewing.

As a Focus driver, I must say I disagree with much of the particulars in this post, but I get the analogy.

From Canis, where they hate everything…

Feral:

We’re shopping for a car.

The head of our family (Glen) is too cheap to subscribe to Consumer Reports or to do any independent research into which models to consider. The GM (Flip, Kahn, McHale) is the sort of guy’s guy who sniffs at actual data about the projected reliability of a given model anyway, preferring to rely on manly man “This steering feels nice and tight, and I like the clutch” judgments.Car and Driver ranks cars, and they play to these impulses, so our GM just reads the magazines that think as he does. This makes him feel like he’s an expert in familiar ways. He brings his driving gloves to the dealerships for test drives.

Why bother to check the data that shows Ford Focuses have “Well Below Average” first year reliability for every year they’ve been out? The new ones look nice in terms of design, and their doors have a solid “thunk” when you close them. (This is a real example. Car and Driver ranked the Focus as its #1 hatchback. Consumer Reports also praised many design aspects of the Focus, but doesn’t give them a “Recommended” check on its lists, because it won’t recommend anything with that bad a reliability record.)

Meanwhile, Glen’s organizational history overwhelmingly tells us that, across multiple GMs, he’s been penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to negotiation. He doesn’t put in the effort to look up invoices and the “fair value” of different models on (for one example) Edmunds.com. He won’t pay for a real scouting staff. Instead, he’s the sort of buyer who goes into a dealership thinking “I can afford to pay X a month,” and who gets manipulated as a result. By the time he’s reached the handshakes he loves so well, Glen has lost lots of value on his trade-in, he’s agreed to the rust-proofing spray for the undercarriage, and he’s straining at his monthly budget. We know this car buyer, right?

Transferring all that to our car metaphor, we should recognize what’s happened this week. Bizarrely, this is the car nobody even liked when we test drove it, but because we didn’t do our homework, well…. We bought a Yugo at above MSRP. Now the case of buyer’s remorse among Wolves management, let alone fans like us, is apparent.

 

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