Pradamaster wrote:Kanyewest wrote:^^^ In other words looking at it rationally, you can't argue that Chris Webber wasn't a top 5 player on the basketball court during that span of time. OK. Look I don't like Kobe Bryant and the Colorado incident was indicative of his character, especially how he told the police how Shaq does this king of thing all the time. He's still a top 3 player in the league and the Lakers were right to stick behind him when the rape allegations reached their height.
You also seem to have a different version of history. I remember the Sacremento Kings losing to the Dallas Mavericks in 7 games right after Chris Webber went down with that knee injury in game 2. I'm pretty sure the Kings were a heavy favorites and without Webber, the tables turned with that injury.
As for them having a nice regular season, that was to be expected especially with the acquisition of Brad Miller as opposed to an aging Vlade Divac. And as I said before, Chris Webber was no longer the same player he was after the knee injury so it makes sense that they struggled after his return to the lineup.
I would also argue that the Wizards could have taken a different direction, but not when you are getting Mitch Richmond at the end of his career along Otis Thorpe. Ultimately, the direction that the Wizards were going, trading malcontent for model citizen didn't make sense AT ALL because they didn't evaluate how the trade worked on the basketball court. Abe Pollin is to blame for taking the Wizards in that direction. Instead of waiting for Webber's value to rebound over time, he moved Webber when his value was pennies on the dollar.
Dallas was 60-22 that year; Sacramento was 59-23. Not sure how that makes Sacramento a huge favorite.
The Kings had already won game 1 in the series at Dallas. The mavericks certainly played well in the regular season (the Vax Exel, Steve Nash, and Dirk Nowitzki. Plus Dallas just got out of the 1st round against the Portland Trail Blazers in a 7 game series (the Mavericks blew a 3-0 series lead and had to come from behind to win game 7) and the Blazers were not exactly a great team. Yes the Mavericks had a better regular season record but nobody was predicting that the Mavericks would defeat the King, hence it would have been a major upset had Chris Webber been healthy.