I remember the doom and gloom that descended upon these boards after we lost Brad.
When Isiah was fired and Rick came on board, people became more optimistic, but not overly so. I, on the other hand, predicted a trip to the finals.
Because I knew Rick was the difference, not any one player. That's because Rick implements a system. For all your talk about this system, UB, you seemed to have forgotten Rick in all these discussions about Ron.
Moreover, I believe once Rick has a more balanced roster, we'll see just how potent his system can be. Especially if you add a player like McGrady or Pierce to the mix (think game 4 against Detroit).
Rick will adjust to the loss of Ron. In fact, he may revel in it because Ron resisted his system, and even spoke out against it.