99-00? If Travis Best didn't hit that 3, we all would have had an early vacation and demanding a youth movement. The East wasn't strong and we barely made it out of the first round.
97-98, now that was a season!
After the loss to the Knicks, DW decided that team had run its course. He decided NOT to offer extensions to a major cog or two, and he decided to trade another of the cogs for his own Marcus Camby project straight out of HS who since has retired after playing 2 NBA games in 6 years (or something that feels like that). Meanwhile, he ignored Rik Smits' declining performance and frequent pain issues (and talk of retirement) while over-valuing him.
So the wheels were set in motion for all that followed in the summer of 2000... except the fact DW was admittedly surprised when the team went all the way to the Finals in 2000.
Or is that the revisionist version?
O'Brien has been fired! Yay! What took so long?
"A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork."