What if D Rose never tore his ACL? Short answer. The Bulls easily take care of Philly and Boston before losing to Miami in the ECF. Going a bit deeper, it’s likely that a Rose-led Bulls team would have thrashed Boston in Round 2 and led to the end of the Big 3 era then and there. None of this re-opening of the window. KG would have retired, Pierce would’ve signed with a contender, JET, Bass and Courtney Lee are never signed and the team goes the way of Orlando.
So much talk today about Rondo’s ACL ending the Big 3 era in Boston when Rose’s ACL is the only reason Ainge puts the team back together last summer. Thoughts?
What if the Lakers brought back Phil?
In 2007 Kobe Bryant was nearly traded to Chicago but blocked the trade because he wanted Luol Deng to remain with the Bulls. What if Kobe let the trade go through?
What if MJ missed?
What if Sam Presti didn’t dismantle the best young core in the NBA?
What if the Clippers didn’t trade Baron to the Cavs?
What if LeBron took his talents to NYC?
They had Chauncey, Rip, Tayshaun, Ben Wallace, Okur and a rookie named Darko. They traded for Rasheed at the deadline and went on to upset the Lakers for the title. What if Detroit drafted Melo instead of Darko?
There is a longstanding rumor that Auerbach had a chance to trade an aging Larry Bird to Indiana for Chuck Person and Herb Williams. What if Bird didn’t retire a Boston Celtic?
What if the Celtics won the lottery in 1997?