While I agree with the basic premise of you argument, there're some variables that might need to be accounted for.
1) If Clyde gets his ring in 1992, I don't think he would have wound up here, at least not in 1995. Remember, the main reason he came to Houston was that he was hungry for a ring and he knew the Blazers were going nowhere and his years were numbered.
2) As much as I think the Rockets could have taken the Bulls in '93, I'm not so sure we could've gotten by Phoenix. Horry was merely a rookie and we didn't yet have Sammy and Mario-two huge reasons for our back-to-back titles.
But as for the overall fairness issue, if it was enforced since
1995, we could've won at least three titles, and if Chuck didn't go down in Game 4 vs. Utah in '98, we'd have four.
But alas, the NBA isn't fair so we just have to deal with it. Who knows, maybe Stevie will become one of those few players like Hakeem that could overcome biased officiating.
WE WILL WATCH THEM FALL... next year, at least.
[This message has been edited by AntiSonic (edited July 03, 2000).]