V.V.V.V.V. wrote:MJ was great, but he was also lucky. Look at the scores of great players who had bad luck in their careers.
If Malone would have stayed healthy in 04, and Bynum in 08, Kobe would be 7-0 in the finals.
I agree with your point that luck matters, being lucky to have your team healthy is huge. It can win you a title or it can cost you won, as people say we were cost at least one title because of injury in the 80's too, though I forget specifically what series. I don't agree that we were a healthy Bynum away from winning in '08 though. I believe that butt-kicking along with a healthy Ariza and Drew was motivation to win it all in '09. Then Artest as a replacement to Vlad Rad, and that motivation for revenge still burning was why we won in 2010. I don't believe we were ready in '08 yet, Pau was soft, and the Celtics were full of tough vets and just bullied us. Also game 2 was rigged, horribly officiated, we couldn't breathe on them and they could practically punch our players. Anyway, I'm rambling, I agree with your luck point, just felt like chiming in on the '08 finals.