Futility Is Simply Another Word For Failure So What ?
I’m not so sure that having been on the wrong end of 19-1 shellacking that there would be much to be pleased about . But in light of that fact I seriously doubt that things will get much worse for the Kansas City Royals this season unless they have to face the Cleveland Indians several times once again over the remainder of their season. For owner David Glass , GM Dayton Moore , manager Ned Yost his coaching staff and the front office I seriously doubt that they could’ve expected this team to have played so badly ! But then again this is the Kansas City Royals that we’re talking about a ballclub that has yet to taste any real success within baseball much less the postseason .
Slide show for your perusal .
This Kansas City Royals have been starved of success and over the years even through their draft choices they’ve simply seen nothing come to fruition for the team over the long term. They sought to trade an AL Cy Young winner in Zack Greinke to the Milwaukee Brewers simply to pare payroll but in essence this has been simply nothing more than a futile exercise by an organization that has been simply been bereft of creativity and ideas both on and off the field of play. And though the team has been playing rather spiritedly during the course of the season there has been nothing to suggest that this team can be competitive within the AL Central albeit that they now stand 6 game behind the division leading Cleveland Indians (25-13).
For Royals’ pitcher Vin Mazzaro having the dubious distinction of being on the wrong side of this catastrophe , it couldn’t have got any worse until you realize that this performance was the worst outing by a pitcher in Kansas City Royals’ history. It’s at times like this I have to wonder whether or not futility as offered by the Royals is actually what baseball actually desires. It has always been mentioned that the Pittsburgh Pirates are the epitome of how a baseball shouldn’t be ran but then again one should now be saying that about the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets . Futility both and off the field has now become a bye product for each of the teams mentioned and it’s liable to get a whole lot worse before it gets any better for each of these ballclubs. At some point the league hierarchy will have to face facts that something has to be done to level the playing field . But that’d be predicated upon Bud Selig , the team owners and the MLBPA actually showing some common sense , which is something that they have never been known for .
As to what lies ahead for the Kansas City Royals at this juncture it’s really hard to say but from my own perspective I for one seriously doubt that this team will be challenging for any postseason honors ! If anything I fully expect this team to be fighting for their very survival and the season’s culmination .
So on Tuesday night the bottom five teams in the NBA in terms of their record will have the privilege of taking part in the NBA Draft Lottery . And for the Minnesota Timberwolves and their general manager Dave Kahn the organization has a 25% chance of having the #1 pick overall should their name be the first one called once that lottery ball picked from the revolving drum. Joining the Timberwolves amongst the bottom feeders will be the Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings where GM Geoff Petrie will almost be certainly be looking to complement the roster that includes Kevin Love and Tyreke Evans , Samuel Dalembert , DeMarcus Cousins , and Marcus Thornton as they seek a resurgence to once again become a legitimate contender within the NBA .
I’d like to think as such that for Chris Grant , general manager of the Cavaliers and team owner Dan Gilbert that this can viewed as a reprieve of sorts , considering the off-season drama that the organization went through after the abrupt departure of their All Star player LeBron James who chose to pursue his career elsewhere by signing with the Miami Heat . But given Gilbert’s proclivity for the dramatic and his behavior in the aftermath of James’ departure I’m not so sure that things are about to change for the better . The team’s play this past season and their record (19-63 ) leads me to believe that there’s a great deal of work to be done by Bryon Scott and his coaching staff this off-season.
Courtesy of NBA.com
NEW YORK — Following are the results from the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery, which was conducted this evening at NBA Entertainment’s studio in Secaucus, N.J.
The first overall selection, which had a 2.80 percent chance of winning the NBA Draft Lottery, goes to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2011 NBA Draft, which will be held in Newark, N.J. at Prudential Center on Thursday, June 23, 2011.
2011 NBA DRAFT ORDER
Round 1 Picks 1-30
1 Cleveland (From L.A. Clippers) 16 Philadelphia
2 Minnesota 17 New York
3 Utah (From New Jersey) 18 Washington (from Atlanta)
4 Cleveland 19 Charlotte (From New Orleans via Portland)
5 Toronto 20 Minnesota (From Memphis via Utah)
6 Washington 21 Portland
7 Sacramento 22 Denver
8 Detroit 23 Houston
9 Charlotte 24 Oklahoma City
10 Milwaukee 25 Boston
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For these teams albeit that they are not part of the NBA’s showcase event which is in fact the NBA Playoffs . And with the conference finals now in full swing we simply that the quintet of teams now part of the lottery process will no doubt like to be amongst the quartet of teams playing next year’s conference finals . I’d certainly like to think for the teams that have finished at the nether regions of the league standings this past season things will somehow change for them in the terms of their immediate future but much of that will very much be predicated upon the decision made by their front office executives and team coaches . The choices made will very much determine the success to be attained by their respective teams without a doubt . And that’s all one can if anything ask of them at this juncture as the rest will then be up to the players themselves and their determination to succeed .
Picture gallery for your perusal .
What are your thoughts on the points raised within this piece ? And what if anything to your mind determines the margin between success and failure ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on any of the points as you deem fit and as always thanks for the continued support !
Alan aka tophatal ………………………
Picture and slide show details below .
(1) Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano , left, is congratulated by catcher Lou Marson, right, following a Major League Baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, May 16, 2011. The Indians defeated the Royals 19-1 . AP Photo/Orlin Wagner ……….
(2) Starting pitcher Kyle Davies (34) of the Kansas City Royals prays just prior to the start of the game against the Cleveland Indians on May 16, 2011 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Davies left the game due to injury after pitching 1/3 inning. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images …………
(3) Asdrubal Cabrera(13) of the Cleveland Indians slides safely into second as Alcides Escobar (2) of the Kansas City Royals attempts a tag during the game on May 16, 2011 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) …..
(4) Mazzaro absorbed the brunt of the damage against the Indians, surrendering 11 hits and 14 runs in 2 1/3 innings at Kauffman Stadium the Royals game against the Cleveland Indians .. After the game he was demoted to Class AAA Omaha. AP Photo/ Mike Evans …….
(5) Cavs owner Dan Gilbert (right) poses with his sons Nick (center) and Grant after Cleveland won the top pick in the Draft.
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(6) Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson represented the Kings during the Draft lottery. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images ………
(7) Kyrie Irving , the possible No. 1 pick, is interviewed after the Draft lottery. Steve Freeman/NBAE/Getty Images …………
(8) Suns representative Mark West (left) chats before the start of the Draft lottery. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images ……
(9) SACRAMENTO, CA – APRIL 13: Omri Casspi (18) notes) and Samuel Dalembert (10) of the Sacramento Kings look on against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 13, 2011 at Power Balence Pavilion in Sacramento, California. …….
(10) MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 1: Dwyane Wade (3) of the Miami Heat and Michael Beasley (8) of the Minnesota Timberwolves dive after a loose ball during the second half of a basketball game at Target Center on April 1, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Heat defeated the Timberwolves 111- 92 . Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images …….
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