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Maybe next year

As I mentioned in a prior post, NOOCH, you gotta pay your dues. You have to feel the pain/disbelief of your season being over. All the hype, the best regular season record in franchise history, the induvidual awards and recognition, homecourt and even a division championship do not/ can not equal a world championship if it's your first time there and unluckily matched against a veteran playoff tested team. It took the Bad Boy Pistons a couple of tries to get past the Celtics then Showtime Lakers respectively, it took MJ a few tries to get past those very Pistons, it took Timmy a couple of tries to get past Utah (luckily for us, the Bulls Dynasty was done so we never had to overcome them). Youth and talent can get you alot of wins, alot of fans, and past the first couple of rounds, but eventually at some point you're going to come up against a playoff hardened (and in your case championship) team. It's like the Sun (Phoenix Ha-Ha) going against the dad or the little brother going against the big brother. You don't succeed the first time thru, it takes a few years to mature and catch up. Somtimes you come close (even compete) but when it really counts the dad or big brother raises the intensity level, plays for keeps and sends you to defeat. Eventually you do catch up and if you've dedicated yourself, practiced and worked hard you might actually win, maybe even be dominant against your older nemesis. But it's not quickly done or easy, the bottom line is that it takes time and it is NOT given to you. NOOCH is a very good team, they are talented and played extremely well against our Spurs. They came close (very), they competed, but when it really counted (game 7) the intensity level went up, we played for keeps and now have sent you to defeat. Don't hang your head, don't make drastic changes, just feel this agony, let it harden you and maybe, just maybe if you dedicate yourself, practice your craft and work hard you might overcome.... someday. I'm not saying the NOOCH is ever going to win a championship. I'm only saying that any team that does, took their lumps, were better for it and eventually got over the preverbial hump.

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