Reality, you wrote, "Don;t worry about winning just develop NBA second round picks and next stars but in the meantime the product on the floor is horrible."
1. If you're really into our game, you'll be ok with that direction. You have the rest of the league to appreciate and you can choose to ignore or criticise the Hawks direction.
2. If you are not into our game (a casual watcher/fan) you'll love the flair and talent that LaMelo and others will regularly be displaying if the Hawks strategy works well. So will every other teams' fans ....no real threat from the Hawks but what a great night of basketb. So the whole of the NBL will benefit.
3. We will get great exposure in the US and, more importantly, the NBA as the Hawks/NBL have already proven. The US doesn't really give a fig for a team called Illawarra Hawks. They want to see "their" kids playing in this Aussie league everyone is raving about.
4. If you're an Illawarra fan, and into our game too, then I agree, you have a right to feel disappointed with your team's direction. Only solution I can offer is to change your team or change your expectations from your current team. Sometimes, neither is easy.
NB. The Hawks are placing themselves very advantageously for their own future, I think. As they currently operate, it seems that they are one of the less financial teams and will remain so for foreseeable future. As the saying goes, if you keep doing the same thing you'll always get the same results. So, Hawks are trying something different. If they are successful at selling their club for the development and maturation of NBA future stars, they have secured their program well into the future. Of course, other teams will join in (if it's successful) but the Hawks will have the jump on the others.
Now, here's my own problem with all the above. Are the Hawks good enough to live up to the offer or are they finding benefit in their great good-fortune in getting LaMelo. He is exceptional in his role. I don't mean as a player, I mean as a "Next Star" player. Gets to play huge minutes, stands high in his team and the league on all positive stats on a losing team, is a high draft prospect and, what a fa(ther)mily? R.J. and DiDi are great too but with their teams' rosters, are not getting the same raps.
Are the Hawks riding LaMelo's success wrongly?