But Kohl said he does have expectations.
"This is a team that we have high expectations for, that we set high standards, high goals," Kohl said. "No good player doesn't want that. Players want to start seasons having realistic hopes that they can be good, that the team can be good, because as the season wears on you know that if you don't win your share of games, it ain't fun. That's what we want to do. We want to be a good team
Kohl was asked about all the changes made in the off-season.
"I feel good about it. I don't think we should see ourselves as a team that's going through a transition in which we can't be good. ... We are not a team that we need to look at without enthusiasm, without expectation, without hope. We have a lot of athletic ability on this team. We have many, many good players. We have players with outstanding character, without exception."
Kohl noted that even though the roster is experienced, there is a lot of youth as well.
"We think we are ready to go out there and compete, which is what you want to do every year," Kohl said. "We don't want to stand here and talk silly and talk about we're sure we're going to win a championship. We want to be realistic and honest about who we are. We are experienced. We have talent. We have good character. We want to be a good team. We expect to be a good team.
Tanking as a strategy to build up a team's roster is not a method Kohl endorses. That method is not an option for him.
"I have never been a person to use the word tank," Kohl said. "Maybe there's a different word. But I have owned the team for 20-some years (29) and never once did I go into a year saying, 'Let's not try and be a good team.' I've always felt that way. So this year is no different.
"There are some teams that buy into one kind of philosophy, but I'm not commenting on what other teams do," Kohl said. "But I don't believe in not competing and doing everything you can to be as competitive as you can
. Then you are looking for the breaks along the way that will give you a chance to elevate to a high standard."
Kohl cited the example of the Indiana Pacers as a team that has been able to play at a high level without ever tanking.
"All of sudden here they are competing for the Eastern Conference championship," Kohl said. "They did it without using that word (tanking). So do we want to do it that way?"
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