The New Orleans Pelicans were one of the best stories of the NBA season.
They started the season looking like a lottery team, but young players took a step forward, they made the right trades, and overcame the play-in tournament to find themselves in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
They lost 4-2 to the powerful Phoenix Suns, but they let the world know that they will be back next year, more experienced and prepared.
The Cincinnati Reds, on the other hand, are a hot mess.
Yes, they play different leagues and sports, and the comparisons may not be entirely fair, but the Reds are a lousy team run by people who actually don’t really care about winning or losing.
We name these two franchises because New York Post’s Joel Sherman recently did so in a tweet.
Two Different Realities
You are about to see why.
“The New Orleans Pelicans began their season 3-16 and ended it as one of the feel good stories in the NBA. Call me skeptical, but I don’t see the same happy potential in MLB for the 3-16 Cincinnati Reds,” he said.
The New Orleans Pelicans began their season 3-16 and ended it as one of the feel good stories in the NBA. Call me skeptical, but I don’t see the same happy potenial in MLB for the 3-16 Cincinnati Reds.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) April 29, 2022
The two teams opened their respective seasons with an identical record.
Yet, the Pelicans fought their way out of their funk, while all the Reds wanted before the season was to cut payroll.
Winning or losing, for the ownership group, is irrelevant.
It’s also fair to point out that the Pelicans were rebuilding for years, and finally decided to go for it this year by acquiring, among others, CJ McCollum.
The Reds, on the other hand, got rid of important players such as Jesse Winker, Sonny Gray, Eugenio Suarez, Wade Miley, and Tucker Barnhart, among others.
Their record to open their year was the same, but their realities are much, much different.