Re: Without Bias
posted at 8/23/2010 9:03 AM EDT
I don't know how much he'd have helped Bird. Bird may have reduced his minutes, but it would have been hard for a guy with Birds mentality to take. Plus Birds back problems were hereditary, so nothing would have stopped his back from deteriorating towards the end of his playing career.
As with the 88-90 years. I don't know if the Celtics would have gotten over the Pistons hump. They did in 1987, on the back of a miracle play by Bird. Which almost matched the miracle 'comeback' against the 76ers in 1981. The Sixers really should have come out of the East in 81 though 83. The Pistons peaked for the late 80's so beating them for an aging Celtics team with Bias may have been difficult.
Jordan had trouble with the Pistons. Although Bias would have had team mates like Bird, Parish, McHale and Johnson to help him get over the Pistons tactics, plus the Celtics did play a physical style of Basketball. Pistons being younger may have just had the edge. And even so, the Pistons did implode after losing to the Bulls and realizing they didn't have that mental edge on them and particular Jordan.
The Jordan V Bias era would have been incredible.
I believe the Celtics may have challenged the Bulls each year hard to say what team would come out on top. Jordan and Pippen were a great, if not the greatest pair of players in modern basketball. Was Jordan destined to win those titles? The man was a basketball genius.
Celtics would have had Bias, Lewis would have been there until the end of the first round in 1993 or whenever his heart would have given out on him (the saddest thing), so you'd say the Celtics would have a great forward duo up to that point. McHale may not have been destroyed his foot in 1987 and would have been able to keep contributing. Parish would be there in the early nineties. Not sure about the rest of the supporting cast though.
Jordan and Pippen V Bias and Lewis. Plus help from McHale and Parish. Can't say much in regards to Bias but Lewis may have had issues with Pippen and or Jordan defending him. Those guys really could play defense. McHale semi healthy would have been an X-Factor as none of the Bulls bigs would have had a hope in guarding him.