New and Improved CG 2.0, I like it! Well said!Here's how I would square the reality of AJ's limited big-picture impact for us last year with the need to lionize him because of the relationship this board had with his father (RIP). And I believe this, I'm not just blowing smoke here:
AJ kept some of the guys who are going to need to step up this year on the bench just by sheer force of how hard he played and how willing he was to do whatever was necessary to help the team win. They learned what it meant to earn minutes, and that experience is going to shape the growth of guys like Tevian and Griffin, etc. We lose AJ the tough as nails kid with a spotty jumper, but the fire AJ lit in the belly of others stays for as long as they do, and that's far more valuable.
When a team has a great culture, that's a benefit bestowed by the guys that aren't there anymore.