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    The Dynasty That Never Was

    There have been four teams since the demise of the six-ringed Bulls that have seemed like they were right there but couldn’t finish. The 2000 Blazers, a team that could have been legendary had it not frozen solid for a quarter, were the first; the 2001 Heat didn’t even have a chance to shine with Alonzo Mourning leaving a vacancy in the middle of what was otherwise a stifling lineup at every position, spoiling Riley’s vaunted “last phase”; the 2002 Kings suffered from one Laker dagger too many; there was another, though, in the very season that is our focus.

    The Indiana Pacers hadn’t signed Lamar Odom or traded for Latrell Sprewell in a league-swirling four-way deal but they’d been busy in their own right. They had a nucleus worthy of fear that they enhanced by adding Rick Carlisle, who had never won less than fifty games in a season at that point, and they’d signed Kenny Anderson and Anthony Johnson for peanuts (the generic ones – they didn’t even have to give up any Planters). Improvement would come from within, they said, and they sure looked right sixty-one wins later.

    I’ll always look back on all the hope they had; Jermaine O’Neal was third in MVP voting, Ron Artest was a virtual consensus for Defensive Player of the Year, Jamaal Tinsley was finally getting his head in the game and their bench was deeper than a bottomless pit. Al Harrington, who’s started ever since he left, was runner-up for Sixth Man of the Year, and Reggie Miller was playing like he was twenty-five. Their offense relied on smart, timely execution and their defense was horrifyingly effective, with each of their ten rotation players able to offer something different. The pinnacle of their glory came when O’Neal had a very intriguing proclamation for a reporter’s question on the supposed weakness of the East.

    REPORTER: “When’s the next time you think an Eastern Conference team will win the NBA championship?”

    JO: “This year.”

    REPORTER (taken aback): “And what team will that be?”

    JO: “The Indiana Pacers .”

    At that point in the season, it was tough to argue with him. At a different point, things turned out in a way very few could have seen approaching.
    http://realgm.com/src_goaltending/12...pecial_season/

    A decent article reflecting on the 2003 season. It was fun while it lasted.

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    I've been told so many times that the '04 season never really occurred, so maybe I was dreaming

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    We'll always have the 61-win banner to remember it by.
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    man the talent that team had...uhg it never was 2 be tho
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unclebuck View Post
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    I've been told so many times that the '04 season never really occurred, so maybe I was dreaming
    So true.

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    Remember, guys? Good seasons don't count if there are "warts".


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    OK, let me just ask this. Who among us wouldn't kill to win 61 games this season.

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    OK, let me just ask this. Who among us wouldn't kill to win 61 games this season.
    We are going to win 61 games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naptown View Post
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    We are going to win 61 games.
    ...by 2009

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    I read this article and was like "Man, I miss those days..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unclebuck View Post
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    I've been told so many times that the '04 season never really occurred, so maybe I was dreaming
    I think you're right.... I just pretend it didn't happen... FTL!
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    4/9/2014 - Luis Scola also recorded a season high with 24 points and Evan Turner added 23 for Indiana.

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    This is why it is so hard for me to kill the front office. After the 2000 Finals, we made some ice-in-the-veins bold moves, and we were THIS CLOSE to all of them paying off, cementing a dynasty that would still be going strong today. THIS. DAMN. CLOSE.

    Man, it makes me want to cry just thinking about it. If personalities weren't a factor, we would have a title by now. Reggie wouldn't dream of coming back with the Celtics. We might hold the NBA and NFL titles simultaniously.

    I gotta stop before I go crazy. You know, like Ron Artest crazy.



    I feel like this upcoming season is the season we should have had in 2001.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unclebuck View Post
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    OK, let me just ask this. Who among us wouldn't kill to win 61 games this season.
    I'd prolly choke and maybe injure severly...but not kill...
    now if we're talking about winning 73+ games...then its a different scenario....

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