How fun would the 1990-1993 playoffs have been if Red didn't mess 1989 up so badly?
posted at 2/17/2014 2:40 AM EST
Moves Red needed to make in 1989 after Bird went out for the season 6 games in with surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankles
Step 1 - Trade McHale (and the screws in his foot) for Detlef Schrempf and Sam Perkins. The offer was on the table from the Mavs and going to be accepted when Red made a stink.
Step 2 - Don't trade Danny Ainge for Ed Pinckney and Joe Kleine (wouldn't have happened if McHale trade did).
Step 3 - Draft Tim Hardaway instead of bust Michael Smith like you were about to and EVERYONE in the organization wanted.
Step 4 - Don't lowball Brian Shaw with the minmim RFA offer after he exceeded expectations as a rookie. Pay him fair value and he doesn't run to Italy for a year.
Step 5 - Replace Jimmy Rogers a year earlier with the modern thinking uptempo offensive coach perfect for Hardway, Shaw and Lewis in Chris Ford.
Step 6 - Give a mandate to Ford to rest his old guys. Rogers played Bird an idiotic 39.3 minutes a game that year, just destroyed him physically), DJ would not have played 27mpg b/c of Hardaway and Shaw and Parish was rested a bit (30mpg) but b/c Kleine was such a stiff Perkins would have gotten him more.
Step 7- Ford makes Lewis the 6th man, Ainge starts and Reggie splits his time at SG/SF rather than Rogers throwing him into the starting SG role to replace Shaw and Lewis regressing after his breakout year at SF in 1989 replacing the hurt Bird.
There you go, 7 easy steps back in 1989 to make the Celtics 90's rebuild consist of 4 super competitive playoff runs with a title a serious possibility and then a firesale in 1993/1994 of guys like Schrempf, Hardaway, Shaw and Perkins who had ACTUAL value and were not worthless like McHale and Parish were by 1992.