Over the course of NBA history, there have been numerous occurrences where a perfect NBA Finals matchup never came to fruition. Whether it be from unfortunate injuries, fatigue or just basic upsets, these anticipated best of seven-game series just never panned out.
This, in turn, creates the mysterious "What Ifs" that fill the annals of NBA Finals history.
What if Cleveland's title hopes weren't derailed by Orlando and, instead, a Kobe-LeBron playoff rivalry came into existence? What if a rising Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls faced the team that passed on him in the draft years earlier for bust Sam Bowie, the Portland Trail Blazers, in the 1990 NBA Finals?
These are the types of questions that have been stored away in NBA lore—never to be answered, never to be reopened.
It is always interesting to ponder if these epic NBA Finals matchups had consummated.
How different would the NBA landscape be today?
Would "The Chosen One" still be in Cleveland? Would the potential-filled Indiana Pacers of the early 2000s have a few championships? Would Michael Jordan still be widely labeled the greatest to ever pick up a basketball?
Nonetheless, in the subsequent slides, this slideshow will delve into the 15 most epic NBA Finals that never happened.