NBA is where amazing happens, and year after year, it lives up to that motto, as everything can change in the blink of an eye and a single move can let everybody shaking their heads in disbelief.
Basketball as a game, and some of their biggest representatives have come a long way since the good old days, up to the point where it may be kind of difficult for us to wonder how things used to be.
So, perhaps younger fans are going to have trouble believing their folks regarding some basketball stories and today, we’re going to let you know about 10 things kids in 10 years won’t believe that actually happened in the NBA.
10. Westbrook, George And Carmelo Played Together
To make things even more impressive, kids are definitely going to be out of their minds when they find out that Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony played on the same team at the same time.
Moreover, they’re going to be impressed by the fact that they weren’t even close to winning an NBA Championship, as the 1-year experiment miserably failed, mostly because of Melo’s constant no-shows.
9. Kevin Durant Was Drafted By The Seattle SuperSonics
Well, technically, he was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics (another team kids maybe won’t believe existed 10 years from now), but you it later became the Oklahoma City Thunder as an organization.
Yes, kids, before winning back-to-back Championships and Finals MVPs, Kevin Durant actually played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, being drafted 2nd overall as their franchise player until he totally bailed out on them.
8. Golden State Lost After Leading 3-1
Young kids are most likely going to grow up as diehard Golden State Warriors fans, as the team is quite entertaining to watch, is the most dominant team of our generation, and is the yearly frontrunner to win it all.
Well, young bandwagoners, for your surprise, this team actually choked against LeBron James and the Cavs in 2016 after leading 3-1 in the Finals. To make things even worse, it was on the very first season when they broke the Bulls’ record for most regular season wins, going 73-9, but ‘it don’t mean a thing without the ring.’
7. Dalla Mavericks Beat Miami’s Superteam
Back in 2011, the Dallas Mavericks were set to finally have revenge against Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat, but, with the ladder also featuring Chris Bosh and LeBron James, they were huge underdogs to win the series.
Nonetheless, an inspired team found the strength to beat the odds and take the Finals in 6 games against 3 superstars in their prime. Nowitzki, Kidd, Terry, Marion and Chandler are a handful of the guys that made that possible.
6. Harden, Westbrook, Durant And Ibaka Played Together
On that same note, that Oklahoma City Thunder was incredibly stacked with young talents via the draft, and featured not 1, not 2, but 3 MVPs and plus Serge Ibaka in starting lineup.
To make things even more surprising, James Harden was actually coming off the bench for the Thunder, winning the 6th Man of the Year before the team’s management traded him to the Houston Rockets.
5. Hornets Traded Kobe To The Lakers For Vlade Divac
Back in 1996, a young baller named Kobe Bryant was drafted 13th overall (yes, that’s also unbelievable) by the Charlotte Hornets, but, gladly for basketball history; he didn’t play a minute with the team.
He was almost immediately traded to the Charlotte Hornets in return for declining star big man Vlade Divac, and even though he was quite solid, they missed on the chance to have the greatest Laker ever.
4. Lakers Lost Against The Pistons In 2004
At the start of the 2004 season, the Los Angeles Lakers shocked the world by completing the signing of both Gary Payton and Karl Malone to round up an already terrifying squad featuring Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.
Shocking as it may seem, the team was a disaster, chemistry-wise, let alone serious injuries. Long story short, a defensive Pistons team that didn’t feature any superstar, deservedly destroyed the Lakers in 5 games.
3. Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love And LeBron James Played Together
When kids take a look back at former Boston Celtic greats, they’re going to be quite shocked to find out that Isaiah Thomas was one of the team’s most beloved players of this decade and that Kyrie Irving used to play for the Cavs.
Furthermore, they’re going to be pretty amazed of the fact that Kevin Love was actually the third offensive choice on a team that made it to 4 straight Finals and that won 1 Championship against the almighty Warriors.
2. Derrick Rose Was An MVP
Believe it or not, this guy Derrick Rose used to be a walking legend. The kid from Chicago took the league for assault right out of the gate and instantly became the most entertaining player to watch in the world.
He won the 2011 MVP by leading the Chicago Bulls to the best record in the Eastern Conference and looked poised to take LeBron James down as the King in the East. Sadly, injuries took a major toll on his career, but we’ll never forget how much of a dominant, explosive, crafty, clutch and versatile scorer he used to be.
1. The NBA Didn’t Have Three-point Shot
If the league is way oriented towards the perimeter nowadays, I can’t imagine how’s it going to be in 10 years. Well, as a matter of fact, the three-pointer is a relatively new weapon, crazy as it may seem.
Well, the league didn’t adopt the 3 point shot until 1979, while the NCAA took as much as 7 extra years to follow up. Maybe youngsters would think that’s boring, but it was just a different way to play the game.