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Decisions that Shaped the NBA Most Last decade.

Posted on: January 2, 2010 5:34 pm
    So we start a new decade this week and I got an idea to write a thread to discuss the decisions that made the biggest impacts in the NBA during the last decade. I must credit Bucfan for giving me the idea to write this. One of his replies in my last blog sparked it. That is just how I roll. Anyways, these decisions can be just about anything as long as a player, coach, or GM actually had to make them. For instance the Bulls winning the lottery and drafting Derrick Rose was a big story, but there really was no desision made except for the Bulls' desision to pick Rose with the pick and not Beasley. I just do not want this to turn into "what was the biggest story of the decade". So here are a few examples to get things going starting with the one that BucFan mentioned in my blog.

Duncan decides to stay with
Spurs. I was the summer of 2000 and I remember it well because my Bulls were loaded with cap space but not able to land a single star in free agency. To the south it was a different story as the Magic signed both Tracy McGrady and Grant Hill. But before the Magic settled on Hill they tried everything to lure Tim Duncan and it almost happened, but in the end Duncan stayed decided to stay with the Spurs. What could have been screams BucFan every night before bed ever since. A combo of McGrady and Duncan would have been nasty and might have created a dynasty.

Grizzlies decide to trade Pau Gasol for peanuts. Another decision that stings me as a Bulls fan. We could easily made a better offer for Pau Gasol and we were in talks with Memphis but in the end the Lakers made perhaps one of the best trades of the decade. A bag of garbage, except for the right to Marc Gasol, for one of the best bigman in the league. The Lakers were fighting to make the playoffs but this decision turned it all around and the Lakers have been to the Finlas twice since and won the Championship last season because of it. 

Portland decides to draft Greg Oden with the first pick. The Trailblazers already had Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge in the fold and some solid role-players and drafting Greg Oden seemed a no-brainer at the time but passing on Kevin Durant is like 1984 all over again. I am not saying that Durant is Michael Jordan, or that Oden is Sam Bowie, but it looks like a curse to me. It is still to early to say that Oden will not be good, but I think we all can agree that Durant will have a much better career then Oden. Had Portland picked Durant they would for sure be a big time contender right now.

Timberwolves decide to end marriage with Kevin Garnett. This was yet another moment in time were the Bulls could have made a move for a bigman. Oh, what could have been. The Timberwolves got Al Jefferson in return and he has turned into a solid player, but at the time this trade seemed quite one sided. Garnett would go on to turn a storied franchise around and win his first Championship while increasing the Celtics total wins a record 42 games. The Timberwolves may win out in the longterm if Al Jefferson can return to preinjury form, but in basketball it is all about winning right?

Pistons decide to draft Darko. The year was 2003 and LeBron James had already been picked and Pistons are on the clock. Tick, tick, tick. With the second pick in the 2003 NBA draft the Detroit Pistons pick Darko Milicic. The worst part was that the Pistons were already a contender as it was and had they only picked one of the other players in the top 10 they would have won multiple Championships. Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Chris Kaman, Kirk Hinrich, and David West. Very sad indeed.

So what are some other major decisions that molded the last decade of NBA basketball?

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2010 11:08 pm

Decisions that Shaped the NBA Most Last decade.

LOL, imagine the finals beween the 2000's dynasty Lakers and the Pistons plus Melo.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2010 4:47 pm

Decisions: Shaq and Darko

What if:  Had Shaq and Kobe learned to get along the Lakers would probably have about 7 titles in the decade.  The decision to bring in Karl and Gary in really tore that team apart. THe Veterans sided with Shaq, Karl hit on Kobe's wife and they fell apart in the finals.  Of course, almost equally as bad was Dumar's decision to draft Darko.  Carmelo was the obvious pick and rated higher but Dumar's felt they needed a big man.  You always draft talent man.   Had the Pistons drafted Anthony we'd be talking about them as a historic team. 

But the biggest NBA event of the decade was the new view on creating cap space.  The Memphis dump of Gasol was just one example of how this new philosphy has created a different agenda for teams and owners. It's now the have's and have nots. The parity is gone.  Please tell me how you Aaron McKie can be retired and then be used as a throw in to make a trade equal cap space, thus earning him a $800,000+ payout for one day of "unretirement". 

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2010 3:17 pm

Decisions that Shaped the NBA Most Last decade.

How about King James being born?  Tongue out

Since: Dec 18, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2010 2:38 pm

Decisions that Shaped the NBA Most Last decade.

The truth about the Darko Milicic pick is in reality a lot differant than most make it sound.  The Pistons won the Championship that year which in my book makes all moves during and prior to the season all worthwile.  Remember that the Pistons traded for Rasheed Wallace in middle of the season, who at the time time was a more developed player than Carmelo or Wade.  Also they would've had to focus on developing an offensive superstar which would've been contrary to the make-up of the team.
;    How about Phil Jackson choosing to stay on and coach the lakers more than one time in the decade.  He didnt leave after Shaq left, like by Michael.  He decided to stay on and develop Kobe into his full potential which is bearing its fruits now.  He decided to try and mesh Kobe with Pau Gasol, which worked out successfully.
;    How about the Collective Bargaining Agreement succesfully being taken care of before the preseason. That allowed for the continuance of the NBA without disruption.  
;    How about Steve Nash getting traded?

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2010 3:40 pm

Decisions that Shaped the NBA Most Last decade.

That is definitely true.  Divac was on his way downhill and Kobe had limitless potential.  There is no question who the winner on this trade was

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2010 10:45 am

Decisions that Shaped the NBA Most Last decade.

The decision made by Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson to rush the stands was definitely an eye opener and shaped the way some us look at the NBA. I completely stopped watching it altogether, havent watched a single game at home since, but have seen a few games while out with friends. I have zero interest in supporting that vast majority of thugs and buffoons and that put me over the edge.

It also changed the way the league and each team punishes its players and handles discipline, which was for the better.

Since: Sep 24, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2010 3:12 am

Decisions that Shaped the NBA Most Last decade.

so i have one big thing that changed the nba for quite some time. the shaq v kobe divorce. you had 4 future hall of famers lose to a hungry pistons team and the team got blown apart. shaq and kobe could've n should've won another couple. clearly one had to go but if somehow they could've kept them togethor the gasol move never woulda happened. d wade never woulda won his first title either. i think that single move impacted this past decade the most out of any moves that any team made.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2010 5:05 pm

Decisions that Shaped the NBA Most Last decade.

The Kevin Garnett trade has to be the biggest move here (along with Ray Allen trade).  This led to the biggest franchise tournaround in NBA history (42 games).  It has also allowed Boston to regain their swagger of decades ago. 

In addition to turning around a storied franchise, it also set up a NBA Finals showdown we hadn't seen since the 80's.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2010 9:44 am

Decisions that Shaped the NBA Most Last decade.

I hate trolls. It is one thing to leave a sales pitch on the main board, but to leave in on a blog not once but five times is a bit much.

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2010 9:01 am
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