Buck Wars, Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back

"Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It is an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together."

Obi-wan says we are all connected. In our world, we might not have the force, but we do have natural laws and symbiotic relationships that keeps things in balance. Ignoring these laws comes risk.

The Bucks chose the light organic path to team building, while the Nets went dark and tried to skip steps. We all know how that ended, but the squeal is coming soon.

In the world of botany, two names stand out when discussing the the natural laws of growth, Sprengel (1840) and Blackman (1905). They basically agree that, the rate of the process is limited by the pace of the 'slowest' factor.

Also known as the Law of the Limiting Factor. You are only as strong as your weakest link.

But you might ask, what does botany, the force and NBA team building have in common? Teams have strengths and weaknesses. Sprengel and Blackman would argue that the best way to improve a team (organism) is to improve its weakness.

How do the Nets Strike Back?

When we last saw the Nets, they had just lost to the Bucks on their home court. During that game, three of their biggest weaknesses were exposed. They allowed Giannis 40 points and a 66 ts%, they allowed the Bucks to have a 122.7 ORtg ,and they had 7 fewer offensive rebounds.

So what did the the Nets do to improve this off season? They added Patty Mills, LaMarcus Aldridge, the ghost of Paul Millsap, 34 year old James Johnson and several rookies. Do these moves help them Guard Giannis? Improve team defense or improve the Dawg Quotient? Sorry, but I do not see it.

The Nets might have improved their strengths (offense), but real growth comes from improving ones limiting factor (weakness). Mother Nature does not like cheats and force rewards balance.

It is possible the Dark Side might prevail, just like Empire did in episode 5, but it will only be temporary. Remember the words of Yoda, "For my ally is the force, and a powerful ally it is, life creates it, makes it grow, its energy surrounds us, and binds us, luminous beings we are".

Success is found through serving to the force and/or respecting natural laws, not trying to control it.

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