NBA  > General NBA  > Biggest Loss your team has endured?
August 3, 2010, 11:49 AM
In your opinion, what's the biggest, most painful loss that your team has endured?

-Scout
August 3, 2010  12:06 PM ET

Are we talking lost through free agency, trades, general retirement, or any? If it is retirement my team is about to suffer its biggest loss with Tim Duncan moving on. I'd have to think some more about the others.

August 3, 2010  12:22 PM ET

I think the biggest loss for me (Lakers fan) was the loss to Pistons @ the final.
Say what you want, but we had the glove, mailmen, Shaq & Kobe plus the same role players that won 3 rings before... was unexpected to say the least, and hurtfull.

August 3, 2010  05:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I think the biggest loss for me (Lakers fan) was the loss to Pistons @ the final.Say what you want, but we had the glove, mailmen, Shaq & Kobe plus the same role players that won 3 rings before... was unexpected to say the least, and hurtfull.

Lol.....I was on a completely different wavelength there. I was thinking since lebron left the question was what is the most painful player loss not game loss. Oops.

Mine would have to be Derek Fisher hitting that shot at 0.4sec to beat the Spurs......I think in 04. Maybe. Ouch.

August 3, 2010  05:43 PM ET

It can go either way.. either biggest lost (game wise) or player..

-Scout

August 3, 2010  05:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Lol.....I was on a completely different wavelength there. I was thinking since lebron left the question was what is the most painful player loss not game loss. Oops.Mine would have to be Derek Fisher hitting that shot at 0.4sec to beat the Spurs......I think in 04. Maybe. Ouch.

I remember that... of course, probably happier moment for me than for you I bet.
But yes, i can see how this would be painfull.

As a lakers fan, I think my hardest moment (losing a player) has to be when Magic left.
If this is about players leaving the team and not NBA, then it is surely when Shaq left due to the acclaimed feud with Kobe. Seems so ridiculous to kill one of the best dynamic duo of that era just because of petty ego fights... but alas, it happened, and made me almost become a laker-hater. I have to say I follow with sympathy the heat then. The I rooted the year after for the suns (which Rob killed with his dirty play against Nash), then I settled for the C's with the big 3 and then back to LA...
I never really rooted against LA, but I had moments where I was furious they preferred to cater to one star instead of telling him "this is business! he is another employee and you need to learn to play with him!"
Anyway... that's how much Shaq leaving had an effect on my fandoom :)

August 3, 2010  05:52 PM ET

and when I say one of the best dynamic duos, I am NOT dissing the twin towers :)
I could hate them (for playing for another team), but I loved the fact they were always such "good guys". hard to hate them even if they would win every other year against LA
:)

August 3, 2010  06:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The I rooted the year after for the suns (which Rob killed with his dirty play against Nash), then I settled for the C's with the big 3 and then back to LA...I never really rooted against LA, but I had moments where I was furious they preferred to cater to one star instead of telling him "this is business! he is another employee and you need to learn to play with him!"Anyway... that's how much Shaq leaving had an effect on my fandoom :)

Wow that is pretty serious. I would say Shaq leaving really killed the Lakers, and it definitely hurt in the short run, but they have gotten it back together. They IMO are hands down the most consistent team in the NBA....much to my chagrin ;}

August 3, 2010  06:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

and when I say one of the best dynamic duos, I am NOT dissing the twin towers :)I could hate them (for playing for another team), but I loved the fact they were always such "good guys". hard to hate them even if they would win every other year against LA :)

None taken. The Admiral was starting the later half of his career when Duncan came along....still great though. A good rivalry for the last decade for sure....hopefully for me it can continue.

August 3, 2010  07:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Wow that is pretty serious. I would say Shaq leaving really killed the Lakers, and it definitely hurt in the short run, but they have gotten it back together. They IMO are hands down the most consistent team in the NBA....much to my chagrin ;}

I don't know. I'm not one to change for the winning team. But I just liked "good stories".
So first I followed Shaq to heat. then I loved Nash and the Sun's playstyle.
And as I live in Boston, when KG & Allen joined the C's (who was terrible), i rooted for them.
However, even though I was ok with them beating the lakers (they were really too soft), I felt a sting to it. so i just returned to the lakers. By then My hate for Kobe (not really at him, but because of his fights with Shaq was what did it) was subsuded, and I was free to root for them again.

I do agree that the Lakers have been fortunate to keep consistancy on their side. heck, even right after Shaq left they at least reach the playoffs. Most rebuilding teams would have gone to the bottom of the pile to get a good young prospect.

but now they will be seriously tested. if not in their division at the finals.

But I have to say that the spurs surprised me time after time. Yes, the core trio is gettin gold, but they always did a great job of finding new guys that so seamlessly completed and rejuvenated the team, that I think that they have time to bring a new great guy like Tim. But guys like him ar soooo hard to come around, i KNOW it will take some good getting used to a change.
After all, the Admiral was able to get a great guy to keep the "goody-two-shoes" around. I find it hard to bilieve they will luck out again. but I do bilieve in Popovich

 
August 4, 2010  02:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

But guys like him ar soooo hard to come around, i KNOW it will take some good getting used to a change. After all, the Admiral was able to get a great guy to keep the "goody-two-shoes" around. I find it hard to bilieve they will luck out again. but I do bilieve in Popovich

It would be foolish of me to assume good fortune be bestowed onto my team in three consecutive generations (with Robinson being one, Duncan another, and so on). The Spurs may not return to winning championships in the near future, but they have always been consistent, seldom going for droughts from playoff appearances, and have had the good fortune to have three Hall franchise players (of making what I feel a safe assumption that Duncan will get in). I very well may have to endure a grace period from title contention but I trust this administration to keep them competitive at least.

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