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Old 06-05-2019, 10:11 AM
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I mean, now I want to know what that bracket would look like.
So I couldn't resist. Proposed Sweet Sixteen, seedings by regular season record:

EAST
1995-96 Chicago Bulls (1) vs. 1988-89 Detroit Pistons (8)
1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers (2) vs. 1964-65 Boston Celtics (7)
1985-86 Boston Celtics (3) vs. 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers (6)
1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (4) vs. 2012-13 Miami Heat (5)

WEST
2015-16 Golden State Warriors (1) vs. 1976-77 Portland Trail Blazers (8)
1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (2) vs. 2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks (7)
1999-2000 Los Angeles Lakers (3) vs. 1993-94 Houston Rockets (6)
2013-2014 San Antonio Spurs (4) vs. 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers (5)

In the East, I'm picking the '96 Bulls and '86 Celtics to take their respective matchups easily; the '13 Heat obviously obliterate the much slower Bucks and the '65 Celtics beat the '67 Sixers. East final is Jordan vs. LeBron, but more importantly Pippen vs. Wade and Rodman vs. Bosh. Bulls win.

In the west, all four initial favorites advance, but holy cow would I pay a lot of money to see the Spurs play the Showtime Lakers in a seven games series. The Shaqkobe Lakers edge their older selves, while the Warriors probably (though not certainly!) take down the Spurs. Good as the modern Warriors are, they have absolutely no answer for prime Shaq.

Sets up a final of 1999-2000 Lakers vs. 1995-96 Bulls. Jordan and Rodman harass Kobe into extinction, and the Bulls rotating gang of anonymous talentless giants foul Shaq about a hundred times in seven games. The entire series comes down to O'Neal's foul shooting. Bulls win.