The 10 Biggest What-Ifs in NBA History

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 12-11-2011, 11:03 PM         #61
ManWithoutFear! 
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 Cambury said:
11. What if Minnesota gave Marbury his money and he and Garnett stayed teammates?
Wouldnt have mattered Marbury made it clear from jump that he wanted to play in ny. Just took him a minute to be a complete b*tch about it. n*gga been a weirdo.
 6 years ago '04        #62
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 V.R. Nabor said:
What if Kobe wouldn't ate every punch Chris Childs threw
 6 years ago '10        #63
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 V.R. Nabor said:
What if Kobe wouldn't ate every punch Chris Childs threw


i was in 5th grade when he got rocked..we talked about that shyt for weeks
 6 years ago '07        #64
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 ManWithoutFear! said:
Wouldnt have mattered Marbury made it clear from jump that he wanted to play in ny. Just took him a minute to be a complete b*tch about it. n*gga been a weirdo.
he woulda stayed in Minnesota for the money he wanted, trust.
 12-11-2011, 11:10 PM         #65
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 Dat_BK_Nicca said:
10. What If the Trail Blazers Picked Jordan?

Scenes like this are what we remember about basketball's greatest player: Jordan, tongue out, driving the lane in his red and white Chicago jersey with the matching sneakers. Kids all over the country emulated it, dreamt they were like No. 23 leading the Windy City to all those titles.

Sorry, Portland. It should have been "The City of Roses." Fans know the cringe-worthy-in-retrospect-backstory: They had a chance, and picked Sam Bowie instead. With the second overall pick, the Blazers passed on Jordan in the 1984 NBA Draft (Houston nabbed future Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon first, so they get a pass of sorts).

The rest is a sad, thorny, championship-less-since and repeated history for the Pacific Northwest metropolis.

9. What If Robert Horry Didn't Have a Clutch Jump-Shot?
We all know Jordan rocks six rings, maybe even bought the poster, too. We know Bill Russell has 11 in his jewelry box. But among these greats at the top is Robert Horry with seven. He's obviously not as talented, but he's wearing so many thanks in part to his wickedly clutch jumper.

Without Horry, the Sacramento Kings would have likely won the NBA title, forever altering that francise's path. Without Horry, Phil Jackson's and Shaq's and Kobe's legacy would have a little less luster; same goes for Tim Duncan and Greg Popovich.

NBA championships came via his shots, and the game's history would be different if he wasn't so nails in crunch-time.


8. What If Kermit Washington Hadn't Slugged Rudy Tomjanovich?

Gather 'round for a history lesson if this tale of on-the-court violence and its consequences doesn't breach the walls of your memory banks. This instant, this one punch, went on to define the lives of two NBA stars.

The Cliff Notes of the Cliff Notes: In 1977, Washington slugged Tomjanovich with a vicious hook shot that mangled his face and irrevocably altered both of their playing careers. Washington has been forever labeled a pariah, and Tomjanovich's time as a player was cut short.

Try Googling either one of these players and the "punching" will pop up first. That's especially substantial considering Tomjanovich is a championship-winning coach.

7. What If the Piston's Didn't Draft Darko?
Face-palm. Eye-roll. Screams of disbelief.

All three will forever be appropriate reactions for when you remember who the Pistons passed on in the 2003 draft. It didn't take a decade to know this was an all-time flub. It didn't even take half-a-season to know they misfired picking the "Human Victory Cigar" in lieu of Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.

Oh, Darko.

6. What If Havlicek Hadn't 'Stolen the Ball'?

No need here for play-by-play, this video covers that rather legendarily. This is one of the seminal moments of NBA history, one that helped shape the legacies of Bill Russell and Red Auerbach and Wilt Chamberlain (he came up on the losing side).

John Havliceck's name doesn't have the same cachet, but without this play, the Celtics' run isn't as grand, which in turn dilutes and changes the history surrounding the league itself for decades to come.

5. What If LeBron Chose New York?

Sure, you can say jokes and write snide comments all you want about everyone's favorite NBA villain. I'll get it out of the way now so we can move on: "He'd still be a bum/choke in the the fourth quarter/be ringless/etc..."

OK, now that we've gotten it out of the way, his "decision" has to be examined. LeBron is such a star, such a talented player, that he had the ability to forever improve whatever franchise landed his talents. If he chose New York, it could have altered the NBA.

Leading the Knicks back to prominence would've been the preferred route of the David Sterns and Staten Islanders and Manhattanites of the sporting world...but it didn't happen.

4. What If Magic Johnson Hadn't Publicized Contracting HIV?

On the court, Johnson is one of the all-time best. We all know this; it's not news. In 1991, that's how the world perceived Johnson. Then came his November announcement. It shocked. It astounded. It became a moment that transcended sports and made him more than just a superlatively talented ballplayer.

Johnson opened up to everyone about HIV. He became the face of a movement. He changed perceptions. He became an icon and a role model for those around the world dealing with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

He was a torch-bearer on a taboo and scary subject that needed to be brought to light, and it definitely brings up questions about his own career and society if he stayed silent.

3. What If Willis Reed Didn't Play Game 7?
Whenever a player gets hurt in the NBA Finals and comes back—even if it's a little bo-bo that a children's size Band-Aid can make all better—some member of the media will blow their intelligence gasket and reference Willis Reed.

Expected not to play because of a severe hip injury, Reed came back in 1970s Game 7 for the Knicks and helped will the team to victory, which in turn helped add to New York's vaunted reputation as a hallowed franchise even though they've been terrible for a long time now.

2. What If Len Bias Didn't Overdose?

One of the all-time sports tragedies, no doubt. There's been myriad stories and biographies and documentaries dedicated to Len Bias, the super-talented, second-overall pick by the Celtics who died two days after the 1986 draft from a cocaine overdose. They all cover it well, are in depth, and are scrupulous with the details of what could have been.

College star at Maryland. Lottery pick. Then, nothing but sadness and forever lingering thoughts about how far Bias' talent had the ability to take him.

1. What If Michael Jordan Didn't Retire to Play Baseball?
The best way to address this is to simply answer a question with an unavoidable question: How many more championships would he have won? He stepped away in the prime of his career to play minor-league baseball, and there's no doubt Chicago would have had at least a couple more victory parades and cigar-lighting parties had No. 23 been around.

What if Jordan stayed? What if he didn't chase his baseball desires in 1993? Questions like these will forever be asked by the fans.

Phat if Penny stayed healthy & Shaq stayed in Orlando?
 6 years ago '05        #66
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what if Jason Kidd, Jamal Mashburn and Jim Jackson worked out
 12-11-2011, 11:13 PM         #67
SOCIALITE 
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 dj X said:
What if Latrell Sprewell didn't have a family to feed?
 6 years ago '06        #68
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 sho 2010 said:
13. Would If Tim Duncan went to Orlando?
sh*t would've been beautiful
 12-11-2011, 11:17 PM         #69
ManWithoutFear! 
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 Cambury said:
he woulda stayed in Minnesota for the money he wanted, trust.
My n*gga...

Look @ this n*gga history. 1st off, he skated on KG because his b*tchass felt he wasn't gettin' enough "shine" in the team. He then cries about wantin' to play in NY but instead gets traded to New Jerz & while (if i can remember correctly in his words) its close enough to ny he quickly lost interest in the team only to then be traded for Kidd who would go on to help nets reach finals 2 x's in a row proving how worthless this n*gga Marbury truly is. FINALLY lands in NY on Knicks & we all seen wtf happened with that.

I hate that n*gga. Mainly cause when he was in GT i swore up & down he'd be the pg of the future. Thanks "Starbury" -_-
 6 years ago '06        #70
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 jaybdc said:
Phat if Penny stayed healthy & Shaq stayed in Orlando?
One would've had to go.

What if the Magic got Chris Webber instead of Penny?
 12-11-2011, 11:18 PM         #71
SOCIALITE 
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What if Steve Francis wouldn't have disappeared.

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EDIT: Stevie dunking on fools


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 12-11-2011, 11:21 PM         #72
ManWithoutFear! 
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Also tale into consideration Marbury was just one of many players during that time to have cried his way outa playin with the team who "drafted" his a.ss. Remember he was traded for Ray Allen
 6 years ago '04        #73
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What if the Refs didn't steal the championship from Dallas (Up 2-0) and give it to the Wade, Shaq, and the Heat in 2006 NBA Finals?
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 jaybdc said:
Phat if Penny stayed healthy & Shaq stayed in Orlando?
n*gga "p" and "W" or on opposite sides of the keyboard
 6 years ago '04        #75
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wat if the hawks drafted cp3 instead of marvin....
 6 years ago '05        #76
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what if Vince Carter made that shot against Philly in Game 7..

Raps would have made the finals, then get swept by LA
 6 years ago '08        #77
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 Magnificent Phoenix said:
What if the Refs didn't steal the championship from Dallas (Up 2-0) and give it to the Wade, Shaq, and the Heat in 2006 NBA Finals?
They would have loss last season if they won in 06 and shut up bi*ch. Trying to be all cute writing in yellow.
 6 years ago '04        #78
UF4Soldier 127 heat pts127
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what if ai went to practice

what if he had kobe work ethic?
 6 years ago '08        #79
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 Fras1788 said:
at one point they only 7 players and the coach was injured.
 6 years ago '11        #80
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What if LeBron stayed in Cleveland >>> What if Bron went to NY
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