Lessons from the USA highlight potential benefits of Chelsea's transfer ban - opinion

The 1983-84 Houston Rockets, the 2013 Houston Astros, the 2013-16 Philadelphia 76ers, the 2011 Chicago Cubs, and the 2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Staggered across three major American sports, these clubs have little in common at first glance, but a deeper look shows that each team was built through one crucial philosophical tenant: sometimes you have to be really bad to be really good.

Each of these sides took what they had, decided that it would never be good enough for glory, and burnt it...

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