Fair enough. Dirk Nowitzki is still good enough to be the second-best player on a playoff team. If he is serious about coming back next year, Dallas will probably make the playoffs; they may get as high as the sixth seed. In what way does that demonstrate that the Mavericks are "two steps ahead" of Sacramento? If anything, that would just indicate that they are on the dreaded "treadmill," just a slightly better class of treadmill that the Kings have been on. And when Nowitzki inevitably retires, unless they hit it out of the park on only the second lottery pick they've had in a decade in a half, what they're going to have left is Barnes, Noel, their 2017 first round pick, and twelve guys named Jim, and that ain't gonna be enough. Oh, I've made no effort to hide my disdain for Noel; I simply don't feel strongly enough about it to waste words arguing over him. Okay, I've got to check you on this. First of All™, I didn't say **** about the "bright futures of Skal and Buddy." I don't necessarily think that Labissière and Hield have bright futures. I just think that they'll end up being as good or better than Harrison Barnes which, as I stated in Post #439, has more to do with what I think about Harrison Barnes than it does with what I think about either Skal Labissière or Buddy Hield. Second of All, the most amusing part of this exchange to me is the notion that my opinion of Labissière and Hield is informed by some sense of homerific sentimentality, when not only am I not looking at these kids through "Kings colored glasses," I still haven't even made up my mind as to whether or not I'm going to continue to be a Kings fan.