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The best team never to win an NBA title

Definitely the 97-98 Utah Jazz.
Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by SacRock14:
Originally posted by Joecool:

Kings were awesome but just weren't athletic enough which is why the ball always seemed to not bounce in their favor. They also didn't have the "clutch" player as Peja and Webber weren't critical game situation guys.

Not athletic enough? I disagree. That team was lauded for its uptempo, quick play. Chris Webber, pre-injury, was one of the most athletic PF's in NBA history. Doug Christie, Bobby Jackson, Mike Bibby (only his 4th season), Gerald Wallace (if you want to go that far)...all athletic. Athleticism was not why we lost to the Lakers; we had more.

8-man rotation of...
Mike Bibby-Doug Christie-Bobby Jackson
Peja Stojakovic-Chris Webber-Hedo Turkoglu
Vlade Divac-Scot Pollard
with Gerald Wallace.

I'll take that team against any non-championship team of my generation.

The bold were the only athletic players. Mike Bibby was never considered as an athletic player. At that stage of his career, Chris Webber was not very athletic and had lost a lot of his leaping ability and quickness. Peja and Vlade...well.... Hedo was skilled but he was not athletic.

The reason they were so good on offense was because ALL of them can pass and catch the ball very well and almost all of them could shoot. They had issues with higher jumping teams or teams that could rebound well. And Vlade couldn't jump for his life.

If you say so. That team was 2nd in the NBA in rebounding and won 61 games. We didn't struggle athletically. We took out a tough, strong team in Utah (Stockton/Malone), then we outgunned the running Mavs (Nash/Finley/Dirk), 4-1.

At that stage of his career, Webber was 28. No major knee surgery. This is from the 2001 playoffs (the year before)...



Especially like the move at 1:04.

But I guess we'll agree to disagree.
Originally posted by SacRock14:
Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by SacRock14:
Originally posted by Joecool:

Kings were awesome but just weren't athletic enough which is why the ball always seemed to not bounce in their favor. They also didn't have the "clutch" player as Peja and Webber weren't critical game situation guys.

Not athletic enough? I disagree. That team was lauded for its uptempo, quick play. Chris Webber, pre-injury, was one of the most athletic PF's in NBA history. Doug Christie, Bobby Jackson, Mike Bibby (only his 4th season), Gerald Wallace (if you want to go that far)...all athletic. Athleticism was not why we lost to the Lakers; we had more.

8-man rotation of...
Mike Bibby-Doug Christie-Bobby Jackson
Peja Stojakovic-Chris Webber-Hedo Turkoglu
Vlade Divac-Scot Pollard
with Gerald Wallace.

I'll take that team against any non-championship team of my generation.

The bold were the only athletic players. Mike Bibby was never considered as an athletic player. At that stage of his career, Chris Webber was not very athletic and had lost a lot of his leaping ability and quickness. Peja and Vlade...well.... Hedo was skilled but he was not athletic.

The reason they were so good on offense was because ALL of them can pass and catch the ball very well and almost all of them could shoot. They had issues with higher jumping teams or teams that could rebound well. And Vlade couldn't jump for his life.

If you say so. That team was 2nd in the NBA in rebounding and won 61 games. We didn't struggle athletically. We took out a tough, strong team in Utah (Stockton/Malone), then we outgunned the running Mavs (Nash/Finley/Dirk), 4-1.

At that stage of his career, Webber was 28. No major knee surgery. This is from the 2001 playoffs (the year before)...



Especially like the move at 1:04.

But I guess we'll agree to disagree.

Man, I forget how fun that team was to watch. Almost every player was able to see the court, cut, pass, catch, and shoot well. It was great basketball.

But yeah, I do disagree on the athleticism in terms of speed and jumping.
Originally posted by dobo:
We're talking about team, not franchise, right?

The homer in me would like to mention the 2005-2006 San Antonio Spurs.

the homer in me would point out that my pistons in 06 had the best record that year i think 64 wins, our last year with ben wallace, we get to the finals we coulda won it again
Originally posted by dobo:
We're talking about team, not franchise, right?

The homer in me would like to mention the 2005-2006 San Antonio Spurs.

Yes, so that means you can throw in any of those Lakers/Celtics teams in the 80's that didn't win the title, like the '88-'89 Lakers (assuming Magic doesn't get injured in the Finals)
Originally posted by JerryRice1848:
Originally posted by dobo:
We're talking about team, not franchise, right?

The homer in me would like to mention the 2005-2006 San Antonio Spurs.

Yes, so that means you can throw in any of those Lakers/Celtics teams in the 80's that didn't win the title, like the '88-'89 Lakers (assuming Magic doesn't get injured in the Finals)

Well in that case, my inner homer picks the 1984 Lakers that lost to the Celtics in 7 games.

Magic Johnson (age 24)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (age 36 and still a 20+ppg player)
James Worthy (age 22)
Jamaal Wilkes (age 30)
Bob McAdoo (age 32)
Byron Scott (age 22)
Michael Cooper (age 27)
Gary Payton, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'neill, and Karl Malone.
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by nicedraw94080:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by nicedraw94080:

Good Lord.

Let me guess , Pippen should be in this picture too?

No. It's that...

1) Some of the people included are ridiculous. Dan Majerle, Rik Smits, John Starks? Was Hersey Hawkins not available?

2) The Bulls won 6 titles. Most of the legit players in that pic had careers that spanned 2-3 times that long. I mean hell, Stockton & Malone were together for EIGHTEEN YEARS and only won the West twice. But it was MJ and MJ alone that prevented them from winning titles.

I was about to say that.

So your saying MJ didn't stop them twice?

The BULLS stopped them twice, just as 16 other teams did.

No, Jordan did. All by himself.
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[ Edited by ads_2006 on Jun 2, 2011 at 1:17 PM ]
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
The 97-98 Pacers lead by Reggie Miller was the ONLY team to take the Bulls to game 7 and almost won the series, were robbed in game 7 when Travis Best's 3 pointer was dis-allowed, it was clearly before the buzzer. That team was damn good team. They had Smits, Dale Davis and Antonio Davis, Chris Mullin, Marc Jackson, Jalen Rose, Travis Best, Derrick McKey, and of course Reggie Miller.

Gave the Bulls everything they could handle and then some.

The Knicks took the Bulls to a Game 7 in 1991-1992 I think. That was a good team however. However, I think the Jazz fromt hat season would've beaten them.

My nod goes to the 1993-1994 Knicks, the 2001-2002 Kings, and the 1997-1998 Utah Jazz.

Of the teams I didn't observe with my own eyes, some of Wilt's Warriors/Sixers teams and those Elgin Baylor Lakers teams.
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Originally posted by global_nomad:
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