All I care about is Babcock laid a pretty good clean slate for Colangelo to come in and do his thing. Now he probably did it by accident
but it could have been much worse. At least we weren't sunk into any big contracts from his era.
He did make the mistake of trading Carter when he did but by all accounts, things weren't looking like Vince was gonna up his 16 ppg. As brwnman mentioned, the only other deal seemingly available at the time was SAR and Derek Anderson IIRC.
I don't think this situation is comparable to the IT era in NY. New York has years to go before they go back to respectability. Colangelo was able to do it in one offseason.