Earlier this year
Am I the only one who thinks that Sydney will Crash & Burn?
In their first season under the new system and new ownership, Sydney Had Maric, Khazzouh, Newley, and Lisch. Plus a decent local bench with players like Caddee and Garlepp, and then a bevy of imports.
Comments such as "Sydney then Daylight" and "send the trophy to the engravers now" flew thick and fast.
And for a while, those comments looked justified.
Then it steadily became apparent that:
Maric was past it, Khazza wan't going to play, Newley should have stayed in Spain, Lisch couldn't handle the Gaze workload, and Gaze himself knew less about coaching than the average towel-boy.
Specifically, Gaze's inability to adapt to change was laid bare, and that was with Vickerman by his side.
Whilst having Bradke by his side might come in handy trolling in the Cross, I'm not sure he was the best replacement for Vickerman.
Lisch and Newley are another year older, Kickert should be retired, and Bogut really is going to damage his legacy.
All I can see is another disgraceful repeat.
They should dominate early, but Gumby is up against Wright, Gleeson, Vickerman, Lemanis, and Beveridge. He won't just be out-coached, he's going to be dacked.
The only question is whether this accumulation of stars can overcome the lack of a coach. And early on, I think they can.
But every team is vulnerable when their stars get injured, and these lot should be in the geriatric ward.
IMO their saving grace is Randle. He is a genuine MVP, and seems accustomed to carrying teams on his back. Can he do it?
Before the Pie & Sauce, I recall reading that Randle credited Wright with making basketball enjoyable again.
So how long will it be before he slips his missus a Four & Twenty and asks her to splat Gaze?