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Rame that's an impressive list.
Not drafting Kobe is an interesting one to consider.
So is the trading of Billups and/or Joe Johnson.
Reggie Lewis should probably be on your list.
I'd take Pitino off, at least in terms of Larry Brown, Brown never sticks around long anyhow so that's not a big one in my mind. Brown is better if you're right up against a championship. However: what if the Celts had turned the franchise over to Larry Bird instead of Pitino is very interesting, I might put that number three. Bird clearly knew a thing or two about building franchises, Pitino put us in a ten year tailspin.
What if the Celts hadn't traded Perkins makes my top five, probably at the number five spot. I think it cost us a ring but likely not more than one ring (unlike the tragic loss of Bias which altered the course of the franchise)
Here is my top 5 list of things that would have happened if we had Larry Brown over Pitino:
1. McGrady over Mercer
2. Ben Wallace over Dwayne Schintzious and later extends Bruce Bowen
3. No Billups or Vitaly trades (meaning we kept our '99 1st rd pick)
4. Dirk over Pierce ('98 C's are worse initially w/ TMac over mercer)
5. '99 1st is Andre Miller, Marion, Rip Hamilton or Jason Terry. Let's say Terry or Rip so we have a SG.
Team makes it to thew playoff under Larry Brown for the first time in the year 2000, 2 years earlier than the mess Pitino created.
C- Ben Wallace, Battie
PF - Dirk, Antoine
SF - TMac, Bowen
SG - Terry or Hamilton
PG - Billups
That team makes the '01 finals over the Sixers
Wasn't Dirk drafted before Pierce? I think it was said that the C's wanted Dirk, but ended up getting a consolation prize in Pierce, the steal of the draft.
Dirk went to milwaukee with the 9th pick---Pierce to the Celts with the 10th pick.