- May 23, 2012
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Tottenham Hotspur, New Orleans Pels
They were good, yes health played a part, and the ferry trade.....
They just couldn't get over the hump against a couple of teams that were just too good.
Much like the Pacers and Knicks of the mid to late 90s
Probably more like the Pacers, who were really consistent and pretty damn unlucky. IMO the Knicks were never serious contenders after 94, they just kept overachieving in the playoffs.
Also a lot in common with the Portland, Seattle, Phoenix & Utah teams of the era.
Were they the first to go with the Jordan stopper? Gerald Wilkins?
Yeah they were. Didn't go well.
What really sucked for the Cavs was that they lost Daugherty and Nance to career ending injuries at the exact wrong time. In that Jordan retirement year they would have been at least as good a chance as the Knicks or Rockets to win, mainly because they'd added a lot of depth; Brandon, Hill, Mills, Phills. What should have been their bench that year ended up being good enough to get them to the playoffs for the next few years as their new starting group.
They never won a playoff series after those setbacks until the LeBron years.