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1997 Rockets Vs 2004 Lakers

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by Wickity45, Jul 27, 2013.

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1997 Rockets Vs 2004 Lakers

Poll closed Jul 29, 2013.
  1. 1997 Rockets

    46 vote(s)
    49.5%
  2. 2004 Lakers

    47 vote(s)
    50.5%
  1. Wickity45

    Wickity45 Member

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    In a seven-game series,which of these two teams you think would win if all players were in their primes?

    Houston

    C Hakeem Olajuwon/Kevin Willis
    PF Charles Barkley/Matt Bullard
    SF Eddie Johnson/Mario Elie
    SG Clyde Drexler/Sedale Threatt
    PG Matt Maloney/Brent Price
    Head Coach:Rudy Tomjanovich

    LA Lakers

    C Shaquille O'neal/Horace Grant
    PF Karl Malone/Slava Medvedenko
    SF Byron Russell/Rick Fox/Devean George
    SG Kobe Bryant/Kareem Rush
    PG Gary Payton/Derek Fisher
    Head Coach:phil Jackson
     
  2. Gimmmethemike

    Gimmmethemike Member

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    They have Shaq, Kobe, Karl Malone, and Payton all in their prime against Hakeem, Clyde and Barkley of course they will kill us!
     
  3. k-money

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    What if all the players were in there primes in there series in 09
     
  4. thisiscaketown

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    You're underselling Eddie Johnson. You also have to remember that Gary Payton didn't fit in the Triangle Offense.
     
  5. mcgrady33090

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    malone and payton are old man what are you talking about
     
  6. arno_ed

    arno_ed Contributing Member

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    Read the OP.
     
  7. napalm06

    napalm06 Huge Flopping Fan

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    I probably have to honestly say the Lakers. Trouble is it's a warped scenario, because Payton and Malone were fairly washed up in 2004. And Carl Malone is a piece of trash, generally speaking. The '97 Rockets bench is just not that great, prime or otherwise.
     
  8. kvnzhangyay

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    OP said if all in their primes, so I would have to go with Lakers also
     
  9. don grahamleone

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    They win, but only because Gary Payton in his prime beats Maloney up and down. Give me Sam Cassell on that team and I pick the Rox.
     
  10. lakersuck

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    I really want to say Rockets cause I hate the Lakers and I hate Malone but if everyone is in their prime, that team is just so damn good. Prime Malone is a ridiculously good stretch 4 and while Payton doesn't fit in the triangle, his facilitating, defense and shooting make him a good fit for the team.
     
  11. awc713

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    i hate the man with a passion, but a "prime" derek fisher is a great fit for that team as well. if payton hypothetically couldn't play in the triangle offense in his prime.
     
  12. napalm06

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    I understand. I mean that it's hard to consider that scenario because Payton and Malone weren't really "Payton and Malone" on that Lakers team. But.. if everyone's in their prime: Lakers.
     
  13. D12Eminem

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    Shaq got let go after that season for a reason. Dream would have torn them up, & as bad of shape as Barkley was in he owned the boards!
    - Malone could hang...in 98 when Barkley got injured and "the wabbit had the gun." -Sir Charles after going up 2-1 in the best of 5 as an 8th seed.
    -97 was a way more healthy year.
    - people forget just how well the '04 Rox played against that 2004 Squad the Lakers put together. They were old, but Kobe began being the best player of the L starting then
     
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    That Laker's team had sick potential. would. kill. us.
     
  15. D12Eminem

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    In their primes missed that my bad
     
  16. Scolalist

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    Lakers sadly. A lot more depth around the stars.

    I might take the pre-Barkley trade roster though

    Cassell, Clyde, Horry, can't remember, Hakeem
     
  17. lucnguye92

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    You have a big three in prime Clyde the Glide, Barkley and the Dream versus a starting 5 of Top 50 All Time, HOF in their primes. Lakers sadly :/
     
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    You guys remember old man Willis and EJ. Willis was an 18/13 guy at his peak and Johnson was a 20PPG guy in his prime.

    Elie would start, and a bench with EJ and Willis beats the Lakers bench

    Shaq's dominance was inflated because he never had to play great centers after the mid 90's. He was still a monster, but his impact against guys like Dream and David Robinson was lessened. I'll take Barkley over Malone.

    You underrated Glide too, he was a 25/6/6 guy on teams that were making finals appearances.
     
  19. DorianTurk

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    If it were based on that actual year, I would take the 04 Lakers but everyone in their prime? I have got to go with the 97 Rockets IMO just barely though
     
  20. DonatasFanboy

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    The Lakers look easily more talented.
     

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