Originally Posted by Bill Haverchuck
yeah, at the time, we didn't realize that the road loss to Phoenix was acceptable, because nobody knew how good the Suns are this year. Also, the huge loss to Golden State on the road, despite being up 25+ and playing them well. Tougher sched then we realized pre-Rudy trade. The team as constructed back then was not total shit.
The truth of the matter is, if Rudy had stayed, and got his shit together a bit, we're probably still a playoff team and win 40 games with that old roster. Just much, much more boring to watch.
Wouldn't have happened. Our bench would have been godawful without the SAC players, TRoss wouldn't have got the court time, JV might not have developed the same and DeRozan likely wouldn't have had the same season with the usage that Gay would have taken. Or Lowry. We could have been the Knicks--maybe.