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Old 07-31-2013, 12:33 PM   #1
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Default '94 MLB Strike Basically Changed NBA History; No Kobe + Shaq, No 72-10 Bulls.

It's kinda funny to think about but really, if there wasn't a baseball strike in 1994 its quite plausible that Michael Jordan would've pursued baseball for at least a few more years. I think he's said as much himself.

The Orlando Magic would've almost certainly faced the Seattle Supersonics in the 1996 NBA Finals and probably would have won, giving Shaq his first title.

Unlikely he leaves Orlando in that situation.

Without that it's unlikely the Lakers dump Vlade Divac for cap room (they needed that to sign Shaq) and they don't get the Charlotte pick which is Kobe Bryant.

The Lakers dynasty of the 2000s in effect never happens as a result. So it's not just something related to the Bulls.

Kinda funny how the greed of major league baseball players in an unrelated, unintended way altered the NBA so dramatically for the next 15-16 years.

Basically Orlando fans got monumentally screwed, lol, and Chicago and L.A. fans cashed in massively.

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Old 07-31-2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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Default Re: The 1994 Baseball Strike Basically Changed NBA History

If Anthony Carters agent filed his paperwork on time to accept his player option in 2003 the Heat dont have the cap space to sign Odom...whos contract they needed in addition to Brian Grants to trade for Shaq....who helped them win a title...before being traded for Marion...who was traded for Jermaine Oneal....whos expiring 20 million dollars is how the Heat got far enough under the cap to sign 3 max players in 2010.

One properly timed fax and Shaq gets traded to Dallas in 2004 for Nash and Finley....Dirk and Shaq win 2, Wade is probably still ringless since neither shaq or Lebron come, Lebron doesnt have the Big 3 option...maybe stays...or goes to NY or chicago. Kobe/nash/finley might compete....

Not sure where Melo ends up since he might not be able to force his way to NY if Lebron signed there.

Anthony carters agent screwup changed our lives.....
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:46 PM   #3
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If Anthony Carters agent filed his paperwork on time to accept his player option in 2003 the Heat dont have the cap space to sign Odom...whos contract they needed in addition to Brian Grants to trade for Shaq....who helped them win a title...before being traded for Marion...who was traded for Jermaine Oneal....whos expiring 20 million dollars is how the Heat got far enough under the cap to sign 3 max players in 2010.

One properly timed fax and Shaq gets traded to Dallas in 2004 for Nash and Finley....Dirk and Shaq win 2, Wade is probably still ringless since neither shaq or Lebron come, Lebron doesnt have the Big 3 option...maybe stays...or goes to NY or chicago. Kobe/nash/finley might compete....

Not sure where Melo ends up since he might not be able to force his way to NY if Lebron signed there.

Anthony carters agent screwup changed our lives.....

I dunno why but I find little things like this really funny/interesting.

But who knows if there's no baseball strike, Shaq may be retiring in Orlando as 3-4 time NBA champion and heck, who knows, if Shaq had stayed, maybe Penny doesn't get hurt in the same way way either and they are the greatest duo in NBA history, lol.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:52 PM   #4
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What if Toronto or Detroit draft Wade instead ? He probably wins in Detroit, but I don't see him winning anything in Toronto.
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What if Toronto or Detroit draft Wade instead ? He probably wins in Detroit, but I don't see him winning anything in Toronto.

Well we can also go to other obvious draft decisions (ie: Sam Bowie is an obvious one).

The MLB scenario is funny though because it wasn't directly related to basketball at all.

The Orlando GM or something didn't do anything wrong, but the organization did in effect get massively screwed by a chain reaction set off by something that had nothing to do with basketball, lol.
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:17 PM   #6
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Default Re: The 1994 Baseball Strike Basically Changed NBA History

this is a good thread,
but wrong choice of title,
it will be sinking faster than titanic

should have been "Michael Jordan decision help Lakers dinasty" or "5 minutes faster, Lebron would ended up ringless"

and no, dont go for hypothetical draft, it will ruin the thread
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:21 PM   #7
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It's kinda funny to think about but really, if there wasn't a baseball strike in 1994 its quite plausible that Michael Jordan would've pursued baseball for at least a few more years. I think he's said as much himself.

The Orlando Magic would've almost certainly faced the Seattle Supersonics in the 1996 NBA Finals and probably would have won, giving Shaq his first title.

Unlikely he leaves Orlando in that situation.

Without that it's unlikely the Lakers dump Vlade Divac for cap room (they needed that to sign Shaq) and they don't get the Charlotte pick which is Kobe Bryant.

The Lakers dynasty of the 2000s in effect never happens as a result. So it's not just something related to the Bulls.

Kinda funny how the greed of major league baseball players in an unrelated, unintended way altered the NBA so dramatically for the next 15-16 years.

Basically Orlando fans got monumentally screwed, lol, and Chicago and L.A. fans cashed in massively.

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I'd argue if Len Bias never took that gram of coke the night he died, it would have changed NBA history forever
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:11 PM   #9
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Baseball strike is averted at the last minute.



Pursues baseball until at least 1997, maybe makes an attempt then to return to basketball and perhaps eek out one last title.



With no 72-10 Bulls to contend with the Orlando Magic win the 1996 NBA Finals over the Seattle Supersonics, Shaquille O' Neal wins the Finals MVP and resigns with Orlando in the summer of 1996. Perhaps the first of multiple championships for Orlando.



With no possibility of getting Shaq, the Lakers retain Vlade Divac, as they need a center and have no need to dump cap space.



The Charlotte Hornets draft and retain Kobe Bryant, who in 2 seasons becomes one of the more marketable NBA players with an exciting individual style of play even though the team isn't very good. The team remains in Charlotte as a result.



Penny Hardaway has several extra illustrious careers in Orlando playing alongside Shaq winning a couple of titles. Injures his knee anyway, just a few years later though. Finishes his career as a top 15 player.



Phil Jackson never gets the call to Los Angeles and never marries Jeanie Buss. He toils for couple of years in Chicago before going to coach the Knicks after Pat Riley leaves.



After several years of being denied in Phoenix, Charles Barkley along with Scottie Pippen finally manage to urge Michael Jordan back from baseball for the 97-98 NBA season. Barkley demands a trade to Chicago. The MJ-Pippen-Barkley Bulls defeat the Utah Jazz in the 1998 NBA Finals.



With Shaq and Penny already in Orlando, Tracy McGrady opts to stay in Toronto. The Raptors develop into a powerhouse by the early 2000s and overtake Orlando as the NBA's premiere team by 2002.

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