Originally posted by JiksJuicy:
Either one of these teams would crush the Heat IMO. Edit: And you forget a lot of that talent you speak of, and expansion teams, didn't exist in the playoffs. Just like Joe Montana, that what made MJ what he was. Playing and winning in the playoffs. I feel that point is invalid respectfully. He was playing against just as good if not better talent than now. I mean, look at the East and tell me that's some great teams there. It's so damn week itself.
Of course those expansion teams weren't in playoffs - but they took away talent from other teams. Therefore - the rosters weren't as talented as the Lakers or Boston teams in 80s or today's teams like Miami, Spurs, OKC, Houston, Clippers.
Like I said - Chicago lost only 2 more games after losing Jordan and not bothering with replacing him. Btw...Bulls defensive efficiency remained the same or got slightly better the two years MJ didn't play. This is strictly because the talent on other teams was depleted due to expansion.
..and yes, East is weak just like it was weak in the 90s - as was the over combined talent on teams in NBA. 6 teams failed to win 21 games in one year in mid-90s and ppl think NBA is weak today because 2 teams can't win 20.