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Those who ignore history.....




While the wife is out shopping thought I'd present evidence for the best scenario for a trade. IMHO

YEAR

CHAMPION

OPPONENT

RESULT

MVP

2009-10

Los Angeles Lakers

Boston Celtics

4-3

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles

2008-09

Los Angeles Lakers

Orlando Magic

4-1

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles

2007-08

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-2

Paul Pierce, Boston

2006-07

San Antonio Spurs

Cleveland Cavaliers

4-0

Tony Parker, San Antonio

2005-06

Miami Heat

Dallas Mavericks

4-2

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

2004-05

San Antonio Spurs

Detroit Pistons

4-3

Tim Duncan, San Antonio

2003-04

Detroit Pistons

Los Angeles Lakers

4-1

Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons

2002-03

San Antonio Spurs

New Jersey Nets

4-2

Tim Duncan, San Antonio

2001-02

Los Angeles Lakers

New Jersey Nets

4-0

Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles

2000-01

Los Angeles Lakers

Philadelphia 76ers

4-1

Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles

1999-00

Los Angeles Lakers

Indiana Pacers

4-2

Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles

1998-99

San Antonio Spurs

New York Knicks

4-1

Tim Duncan, San Antonio

 

OK, a bit of history for those who want Denver to win a championship.  Above is the list of NBA champs since Jordan's Bulls, ready for scrutiny.  The question is what will it take for Denver to become a league champion and the premise is that the answer is hidden in the history of past champions above. 

Definitions. GT (Gift Trade) - What you have when a team participates in a trade that is clearly one sided.  Wallace to Pistons in 2004, Garnett to Celts in 2007, and Gasol to Lakers in Feb 2008.  Notice that all three of these trades resulted in immediate championships.   This is the most difficult way to get a championship as there needs to be an idiot on the other phone who wants to give up his best player.  The Hawks situation that sent Wallace to Detroit is a bit different but a gift trade none the less.   

The Lakers as everyone knows got Shaq as a big man when he choose to leave the Magic and go to LA to produce blockbusters such as Kazaam.  LA won the best player since Jordan simply because he wanted to be in LA.  They didn’t have to give up a thing, especially Kobe.  

The Spurs in what has to be just about the luckiest stroke in NBA history went to the lottery for one year when Robinson was injured and came back with Duncan.  Shaq and Duncan battled over the #1 center spot (don’t give me the PF crap) for the next several years.  One or the other won every championship in the NBA for an incredible eight out of nine years interrupted only by Wallace and Wallace in Detroit for one year.

So, here are the options for a championsip. 

1. Be on the right side of a gift trade.  

2. Be an attractive entertainment mecca that will not only attract free agents but top tier free agents. 

3. Get a hold of a dominant big man by luck or some other means.

With the Melo situation it seems probable that Melo is willing to wait the season out to leave because he doesn’t want the other team to have to trade some quality assets to acquire him.  His preferred choices are well documented. 

I am absolutely adamant about the Bynum trade because of reasons listed above.  Let me say this clearly.  The only reason Lakers even listen to a Melo trade for Bynum is because he has been injured.  If Bynum was rolling along healthy this season they would simply laugh and hang up the phone.  LA might do this because they believe their championship window stays open longer (and it will) with Melo.  Melo would also help them attract free agents so maybe giving up Bynum wouldn’t hurt as much.  Melo does this because LA isn’t decimated and has a great chance to win more championships (and Kobe and Melo are supposedly friends).  Bynum does need to get his knees signed off on by good doctors for the Nugs to go forward.

This is the only trade I have heard presented that makes the other team happy, Melo happy and gives the Nuggets the necessary cornerstone for a championship. 

Bynum, when healthy, has the potential to be a top 2 center in this league, he is bigger than Howard and has exceptionally long arms.  He is a freak, a force of nature and hasn’t been recognized by the casual fan as such because he spends so much time injured. 

I hate the Lakers as much as anyone.  I hate that Kobe is not in jail for what he did.  But I love the Nuggets more and desperately want to cheer for a team that has a real chance, not just a lucky chance to win. 

These next couple months are crucial to the history of the Nuggets and will define where this team goes for the next 5 – 8 years.  I pray that Ujiri isn’t in over his head.  Ok, I’ve said my piece and will now (mostly) sit back and watch what happens.  Thanks to all the Denver Stiffs guys who do such a great job on this site.  Go Nugs!    

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