I will have a longer post about the entire season soon.
I too am extremely dissappointed in the 2010 season. In my mind a disaster. There were, however, some things that began to give all of us hope as the season progressed, but I will say this, with the information that we/I had at the time we/I had it, to make the decisions that were made, I stand by them and would make them again. It is very easy to second guess, its not as easy to live by your decisions in a public forum. I do think the Detroit Lions comment is a little over the top!!!!!
Everyone is entitled to their opinions, this forum was created to welcome them, good or bad. I certainly acknowledge those that are calling for my head, I don't blame them, I too am disappointed with the outcome. I do stand by my track record of success on the business side of this franchise and on the team performance side. I take great pride in the longest playoff streak for a GM in League history that spanned 10 seasons, and look forward to beginning a new streak with a wonderful group of players that currently make up this team. Bottom line is this is a "what have you done for me lately" business and I am only as good as my last game/season. The work started last week to restore this franchise to a championship contender. We must make changes and we will apply every ounce of expertise in this organziation to change the future outcome.
Yes, one championship for this team in 8 seasons, is not acceptable but every year it is proved to me that winning championships in any professional League is hard. As a GM, I feel if I can provide the tools to get to the post season, anything can happen and the players must take it from there. This past off season we acknowledged the trend, too many first round exits in the playoffs, that became unnacceptable, changes needed to be made. We created a plan, we committed to the plan and we are executing the plan, this season was not expected and was extremely painful for the team and the fans, but the plan is solid and so are the young talented corp of players that we have.
I own the decisions that were made and don't blame anyone or anything. We were dealt a certain set of circumstances and it is my job to react to, and anticipate, those circumstances, other teams do the same and have enjoyed success, this season, we did not. We/I will continue to address the team's needs and will continue to move forward to put the best possible team on the floor for next season. We will rise to the top of the NLL once again and I stand by our very talented group of young players.
To answer some of the more specific questions here, Ilija's treatment at the time was more about rest and rejuvination. There was little the doctors in Denver could do but monitor the progress of his blood count and make sure that the medicine that was prescribed was working. His body was going to tell the tale of his ultimate recovery, being at home with his parents where he was getting good rest and quality meals was best for him at the time. All the doctors, both Canadian and American agreed with that approach at the time. We are excited by his return, excited by his passion to play and excited about what the long and short term future holds for this very dynamic and exciting player!