It is hard to deny that the NBA leadership has a difficult task, and the need to make so many tough decisions will ultimately have disastrous consequences.
There are times when decisions are so disastrous that they are in the top five most disastrous decisions in the history of the NBA.
5. NBA 1978 Projects: Larry Byrd
Larry Bird is one of the biggest players in the history of the NBA. But for some reason, five teams went to Bird in the 1978 NBA draft, and the 1.80-meter striker of the 9-meter team finished sixth overall for the Boston Celtics.
By the way, those teams were the Portland Trail Blazers, the Kansas City Kings, the Indiana Pacers, the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors. The five teams had the opportunity to choose a superstar who would change the franchise, like Bird, but unfortunately they all chose a different direction.
4th St. Louis Hawkes: Bill Russell
As for the bad deals, Bill Russell’s 1956 deal was one of the worst in the history of the league.
After 13 years of his career with the Celts, few people know that it was St. Louis Hawkes who helped Russell to second place in 1956. The Celts kept an eye on Russell and somehow convinced the Hawks to sell Russell. As we all know, in the fifties and sixties, a six-footed, 10-metre tall man was at the head of the Celtic dynasty, which led to 11 NBA championships at the time.
Anyway, St. Louis got Ed Macawley and Cliff Hagan in exchange for Russell, both of whom have appeared several times in their careers. Still, it’s no consolation for the Hawks to look back.
3. New York Knicks: Jerome James
So far there are few or none that are considered as bad as in 2005, when the New York Knicks drew Jerome James. For some reason, the then managing director, Isaiah Thomas, thought it would be a good idea to bring a quadruped to the Big Apple to strengthen their front line. It’s $30 million in five years.
First of all, James was never really good. After taking 36th place in the 1998 NBA draft, he only played 16 games for the Kings of Sacramento in his first season. Because of his injury he missed the whole second class and went into the third year to play abroad. James returned to the NBA and played four inconsistent seasons in the Seattle SuperSonic, where he averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds before joining the Free Agency in 2005.
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The Knicks threw themselves into what they thought was a robbery, only to find out how awful that decision was. What did they get in return? In his first two years in New York, James played only 86 games with an average of 2.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 7.9 minutes each. From that moment on it got even worse and James has only played four games with the Knicks (!) in his last two years.
The Knicks came to their senses in 2009 and exchanged James for the Chicago Bulls, who abandoned a great man a few months later.
2. Charlotte Horns: Kobe-Bryant
After Kobe Bryant had spent his entire illustrious career with the Los Angeles Lakers, he was one of the last rescuers of the NBA. However, it is interesting to note that it was Charlotte Horness who recruited Bryant in 1996 for the 13th general election. By the way, we also have to call the other 12 teams who were transferred to Kobe during the trip, but most of the regret comes from the Hornet, which Bryant actually had in his hands before they traded him to the Lakers.
In return, the Hornets got a great player in Vlad Divak, but in the end it wasn’t Kobe Bryant. Imagine what Black Mamba could do as the basic superstar of the Hornet. Of course, that’s the only thing this franchise can do afterwards: imagine.
1. Portland Blowers-Path: Michael Jordan
The first three selections for the 1984 NBA project were made:
- The Houston rockets were fired by Hakeem Olajuwon, which is absurd, especially considering that the competition was dominated by the big boys at the time.
- The Portland trail blazers named Sam Bowie in another center.
- The Chicago Bulls attacked Michael Jordan.
Anyway, Sam Bowie was pretty good to Kentucky before he entered the league. On average it was almost double and stood at 7 foot 1. It has been difficult for the Blazers to give up such a high potential talent, and they recently recruited an all-star goalie in Clyde Drexler.
We still won’t let her go. They had the unique opportunity to bring Jordan to Portland, but they decided it wasn’t the best option for them at the time because they already had Drexler. To date, many consider it the biggest mistake the Blazers have made in the history of the franchise and perhaps the worst decision the NBA has ever made.