purp n gold wrote:moral of the story? what the heck are you talking about... yes, lots of things have to fall in place for a trade to happen, but it's documented that Dallas were aggressive about trading Kidd for Van Exel, but Del Harris didn't want the deal:In the 1996-97 season, Lazenby writes "the Dallas Mavericks had sought to trade point guard Jason Kidd for Van Exel, but it was [then Laker Coach Del] Harris who didn't want to make the trade..." Lazenby rightly doesn't dwell on this would-have-been, but for the record that would have given L.A. a 1996-97 lineup of Jason Kidd, Eddie Jones, Kobe Bryant, Robert Horry, Shaquille O'Neal, and youngish Elden Campbell, with Rick Fox on the way the following season. Whew, baby, that would have changed history.
So it's not far fetched to think that Jason Kidd could have been a Laker in 1997 if LA entertained the deal. And your projections about Kobe's development are way off base, I'll leave it at that.
But how do you rightly conclude we didn't need Kidd in '97 and that's the moral of the story? LOL... Just take a second and think about what you're saying.
We have Nash in the tail-end of his career in 2012, and we're saying he's the first legitimate PG we've had since Magic in 1991. And you're saying "we didn't need Kidd" in 1997???
Yeah you're right - we didn't need a HOF point guard 3 years into his career, and we didn't need to fill this 20-year void at the PG spot ... that's the moral of the story
Damn del was stupid! Kobe, Shaq, Kidd,Horry,Fisher with Rick Fox Too