Why Kobe Would Love if Doc “Cry Me a” Rivers Math were True

According to Doc Rivers, head coach of the Boston Celtics, the Celtics should have won the championship this year.  He believes that if Kendrick Perkins had been healthy in the 2010 NBA finals, the Celtics would have defeated the Lakers and won the championship.  This may be true, but according to MY interpretation of Doc Rivers’ logic, the Lakers should have won a few more championship rings this decade and Kobe Bryant should have 7 championship rings.

Sound ridiculous?  Does it sound as ridiculous as a white, 6’4, unathletic, Canadian point guard winning back to back NBA MVPs after his 31st birthday?  An injury to a key player during a critical stretch of games can derail a team’s championship run and rearrange the hierarchy of the entire league.  Every championship is a result of skill, hard work, and maybe most importantly, luck.

Every sports fan likes to play the “what if” game.  My favorite what-if: What if the Lakers had hired Phil Jackson in 2000 but they had kept their “The Lake Show” team together.  Do you know how much firepower we had on that team?  We would’ve had 4 all-stars all in the prime of their careers.  This could have been our depth chart:

PG: Nick Van Exel, Derek Fisher, Tyronn Lue
SG: Kobe Bryant, Ron Harper, Brian Shaw
SF: Eddie Jones, Rick Fox, Deaven George
PF: Elden Campbell, Robert Horry, AC Green
C: Shaquille O’Neal, John Salley


Injuries can happen at anytime, as can suspensions, arrests, and freak accidents.  They are part of the randomness of life and sports.  For example, what if Ray Jackson didn’t Jackson it in his match vs Chong Li in the 1984 Kumite? Then Frank Dux and Jackson would have met in the finals, and who knows if Jean-Claude Van Damme had it in him to win it all?  Would he have the heart to hit a man that he loves? (Bloodsport reference)

My point is this, the what-if game doesn’t work.  Saying “well if ____ hadn’t been injured we would’ve won it all” is a very narrow-minded and unrealistic way to look at the NBA.  It’s equivalent to saying “well if Adolf Hitler had suffered a heart attack in 1935, Germany would be the most dominant superpower in the world.  Or Russia.  Or any other country, it doesn’t matter.”  Yes it’s true that if Nazi Germany hadn’t arisen and forced all the other countries into action they could have continued their economic development and technological superiority they might still be considered one of the world’s superpowers, but nobody knows.  Maybe the Japanese would have continued to colonize the world and they would be the most dominant country in the world.  Maybe the US would have never recognized its own potential and emerged as a superpower of its own.  Nobody knows how history would have turned out, just like you don’t know the Celtics would have beaten the Lakers if Kendrick Perkins had been healthy.  Maybe Kendrick’s minutes cut into Big Baby’s minutes and he doesn’t have the same effect he did in game 4 and the Lakers finish out the series in 5.  It’s impossible to say what would have happened if a certain player hadn’t been injured, suspended, or a crucial shot did or didn’t go in. But just for fun, let’s take a look at the past decade of NBA history and see how injuries, suspensions, and feuds changed the course of history.

Next: 2000-2004: The ShaKobe Era

I simply want to mention I am just very new to blogging and site-building and seriously loved your blog site. Likely I’m likely to bookmark your blog . You amazingly come with beneficial articles. Kudos for revealing your web page.

  • I am commonly to blog writing and also i really value your material. The article has actually peaks my rate of interest. I am mosting likely to bookmark your website as well as maintain looking for new details.

  • Your article has proven useful to me. It’s very informative and you are obviously very knowledgeable in this area. You have opened my eyes to varying views on this topic with interesting and solid content.

  • I am commonly to blogging and i really value your material. The short article has truly peaks my rate of interest. I am mosting likely to bookmark your site as well as keep checking for brand-new information.

  • Aw, this was a truly wonderful post. In suggestion I would like to put in writing such as this in addition? taking some time and actual initiative to make a very good post? but what can I say? I procrastinate alot and also never appear to obtain something done.

  • You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  • I am often to blog writing and i truly appreciate your content. The short article has really peaks my rate of interest. I am going to bookmark your site as well as keep checking for new info.

  • Good article. I learn something more challenging on various blogs daily. It will certainly constantly be promoting to review content from various other authors and practice a something from their shop. I?d like to make use of some with the material on my blog whether you don?t mind. Natually I?ll give you a web link on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

  • This website is truly a walk-through for every one of the details you wanted regarding this as well as didn?t understand who to ask. Glimpse here, as well as you?ll most definitely discover it.

  • An outstanding share, I simply provided this onto a colleague who was doing a little evaluation on this. As well as he actually got me morning meal because I located it for him. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I really feel strongly about it and also like learning more on this topic. Ideally, as you become proficiency, would you mind upgrading your blog site with more information? It is highly valuable for me. Huge thumb up for this post!

  • This is the right blog site for any individual that wants to find out about this topic. You understand a lot its almost tough to suggest with you (not that I really would want?HaHa). You definitely placed a brand-new spin on a subject thats been written about for several years. Wonderful things, simply excellent!

  • Can I simply say what an alleviation to locate somebody that in fact recognizes what theyre talking about on the net. You absolutely know exactly how to bring a problem to light and make it essential. More individuals need to read this and comprehend this side of the tale. I angle think youre not extra prominent due to the fact that you most definitely have the present.

  • Youre so cool! I don’t intend Ive read anything such as this before. So wonderful to find somebody with some initial ideas on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this site is something that is needed on the web, somebody with a little creativity. valuable job for bringing something new to the web!

  • After I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I recieve four emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is an easy method you can remove me from that service? Thank you!

  • I’m curious to find out what blog system you happen to be utilizing? I’m experiencing some minor security problems with my latest site and I would like to find something more risk-free. Do you have any suggestions?

  • I discovered your blog site on google as well as check a few of your very early posts. Remain to maintain the excellent run. I simply added up your RSS feed to my MSN Information Visitor. Seeking onward to learning more from you in the future!?

  • A fascinating discussion deserves remark. I believe that you need to create more on this topic, it might not be a frowned on subject but generally people are not enough to talk on such topics. To the following. Thanks

  • The very next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesn’t disappoint me just as much as this particular one. I mean, Yes, it was my choice to read, however I truly thought you would probably have something helpful to say. All I hear is a bunch of crying about something you could possibly fix if you were not too busy seeking attention.

  • Hi, I do believe this is an excellent site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I may come back yet again since i have bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.

  • I need to to thank you for this fantastic read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it. I have got you book marked to look at new things you post…

  • Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you so much, However I am encountering issues with your RSS. I don’t understand why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting the same RSS issues? Anyone that knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  • Hi, I do believe this is a great site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I will return yet again since I book-marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.