History UsefulNotes / NationalBasketballAssociation

14th Feb '16 7:31:49 AM igordebraga
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* The '''Charlotte Hornets''' have an... [[AlternateContinuity interesting history]]. The original Charlotte Hornets were founded in 1988 and were one of the most exciting and popular teams of the 90s. However, falling attendance, uninspired play and a souring relationship between the fans and the owner prompted the Hornets to move to New Orleans. In the aftermath of the Hornets move, the NBA awarded Charlotte an expansion team for the 2004-05 season, giving the league an even 30 teams. So the Charlotte Bobcats were born. In their 10 seasons as the Bobcats, they only made the playoffs twice and became known for some really bad basketball[[note]] The strike shortened 2011-12 season saw the Bobcats log the worst winning percentage in NBA history![[/note]]. In 2013, the New Orleans Hornets renamed themselves the Pelicans, thus opening the door for the Bobcats to "return" the Hornets back to Charlotte. In addition, by agreement with the NBA and the Pelicans, the team also [[RetCon regained the rights to the history and records of the original Charlotte Hornets.]] Oh yeah. The team is owned by Michael Jordan. Speaking of which... * The '''Chicago Bulls''' are the team of the 90s, and remain one of the NBA's most popular teams. Led by UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan and Scottie Pippen, the Bulls won six championships playing some of the greatest basketball the NBA has ever seen [[note]]The 1995-96 Bulls hold the record for most wins in a season, going 72-10 en route to their fouth title[[/note]]. Interestingly, the Bulls date back to 1966 and had seen barely any success outside of the Jordan years. More recently, the Bulls have risen back to the top of the Eastern Conference with current stars Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, but the Bulls have not returned to the NBA Finals since the end of the Jordan era * The '''Cleveland Cavaliers''' are the current (and original) team of [=LeBron=] James. Founded in 1970, the Cavs had been borderline mediocre throughout much of their history, and dispite two trips to the NBA Finals in 2007 and 2015, have never won a championship. In 2003, they drafted [=LeBron=] first overall and became of the best teams in the East for the next few seasons. After several seasons of playoff disappointments, [=LeBron=] left the Cavs and signed with Miami in 2010, putting Cleveland in a weird place between ButtMonkey and [[TheWoobie Woobie]] status, as they went roughly nowhere without their best player. But then after four years in Miami, he decided to come home to much rejoicing. The Cavs are now back near the top of the league and remain the city of Cleveland's best chance to win a championship.
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* The '''Charlotte Hornets''' have an... [[AlternateContinuity [[ContinuitySnarl interesting history]]. The original Charlotte Hornets were founded in 1988 and were one of the most exciting and popular teams of the 90s. However, falling attendance, uninspired play and a souring relationship between the fans and the owner prompted the Hornets to move to New Orleans. In the aftermath of the Hornets move, the NBA awarded Charlotte an expansion team for the 2004-05 season, giving the league an even 30 teams. So the Charlotte Bobcats were born. In their 10 seasons as the Bobcats, they only made the playoffs twice and became known for some really bad basketball[[note]] The strike shortened 2011-12 season saw the Bobcats log the worst winning percentage in NBA history![[/note]]. In 2013, the New Orleans Hornets renamed themselves the Pelicans, thus opening the door for the Bobcats to "return" the Hornets back to Charlotte. In addition, by agreement with the NBA and the Pelicans, the team also [[RetCon regained the rights to the history and records of the original Charlotte Hornets.]] Oh yeah. The team is owned by Michael Jordan. Speaking of which... * The '''Chicago Bulls''' are the team of the 90s, and remain one of the NBA's most popular teams. Led by UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan and Scottie Pippen, the Bulls won six championships playing some of the greatest basketball the NBA has ever seen [[note]]The 1995-96 Bulls hold the record for most wins in a season, going 72-10 en route to their fouth title[[/note]]. Interestingly, the Bulls date back to 1966 and had seen barely any success outside of the Jordan years. More recently, the Bulls have risen back to the top of the Eastern Conference with current stars Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, but the Bulls have not returned to the NBA Finals since the end of the Jordan era era. * The '''Cleveland Cavaliers''' are the current (and original) team of [=LeBron=] James. Founded in 1970, the Cavs had been borderline mediocre throughout much of their history, and dispite despite two trips to the NBA Finals in 2007 and 2015, 2015 - both with [=LeBron=] - have never won a championship. In 2003, they drafted [=LeBron=] first overall and became of the best teams in the East for the next few seasons. After several seasons of playoff disappointments, [=LeBron=] left the Cavs and signed with Miami in 2010, putting Cleveland in a weird place between ButtMonkey and [[TheWoobie Woobie]] status, as they went roughly nowhere without their best player. But then after four years in Miami, he decided to come home to much rejoicing. The Cavs are now back near the top of the league and remain the city of Cleveland's best chance to win a championship.

* The '''Miami Heat''' are one of more decorated and successful teams in the league, garnering 11 division titles, 18 appearances in the playoffs, seven Conference Finals appearances, five Conference Finals titles, and three NBA championships (including four straight appearances in the early 2010s). They were one of the most competitive teams in the 90s when they were led by Alanzo Mourning, then they broke through for their first title in 2006 thanks to Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal. From 2010 through 2014, [=LeBron=] James and Chris Bosh formed a PowerTrio with Wade, turning the Heat into the go-to LoveItOrHateIt team in all of basketball. After the 2013-14 season, [=LeBron=] left to go back to Cleveland. Since then, the Heat have been trying to rebuild a team to go back to the Finals.
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* The '''Miami Heat''' are one of more decorated and successful teams in the league, garnering 11 division titles, 18 appearances in the playoffs, seven Conference Finals appearances, five Conference Finals titles, and three NBA championships (including four straight Finals appearances in the early 2010s). They were one of the most competitive teams in the 90s when they were led by Alanzo Alonzo Mourning, then they broke through for their first title in 2006 thanks to Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal. From 2010 through 2014, [=LeBron=] James and Chris Bosh formed a PowerTrio with Wade, turning the Heat into the go-to LoveItOrHateIt team in all of basketball. After the 2013-14 season, [=LeBron=] left to go back to Cleveland. Since then, the Heat have been trying to rebuild a team to go back to the Finals.

* The '''Philadelphia 76ers''' are one of the more historic teams in the NBA. Dating back to 1946 as the Syracuse Nationals, the Sixers have called Philadelphia home since 1963. The franchise won three titles in their history[[note]] 1955 as the Nationals and 1967 and 1983 as the 76ers. [[/note]] and have logged nine total trips to the NBA Finals. They have also had some of the greatest players in NBA history play for them, including UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson. They are also currently going through perhaps the most extreme rebuilding process the NBA has ever seen in hopes of building a more sustained winning franchise like the Spurs or the Mavericks. * The '''Toronto Raptors''' are one of the youngest franchises in the NBA, and are the only team based in [[CanadaEh Canada]]. Started playing in 1995, the Raptors are best known for the teams that featured Vince Carter and Chris Bosh. They haven't had a major winning breakthrough in the playoffs so far, but they currently have a team that, led by Kyle Lowry and [=DeMar DeRozen=], are one of the toughest teams to play in the East.
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* The '''Philadelphia 76ers''' are one of the more historic teams in the NBA. Dating back to 1946 as the Syracuse Nationals, the Sixers have called Philadelphia home since 1963. The franchise won three titles in their history[[note]] 1955 as the Nationals and 1967 and 1983 as the 76ers. [[/note]] and have logged nine total trips to the NBA Finals. They have also had some of the greatest players in NBA history play for them, including UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson. They are also currently going through perhaps the most extreme rebuilding process the NBA has ever seen in hopes of building a more sustained winning franchise like the Spurs or the Mavericks. Mavericks, with three seasons featuring extended losing streaks and fewer than 20 victories, while also sending away most competitive players in exchange for draft picks. * The '''Toronto Raptors''' are one of the youngest franchises in the NBA, and are the only team based in [[CanadaEh Canada]].Canada]] - by the late 2000s they started to focus on that aspect, trading their primary color from purple to red, and coining the slogan "We the North". Started playing in 1995, the Raptors are best known for the teams that featured Vince Carter and Chris Bosh. They haven't had a major winning breakthrough in the playoffs so far, but they currently have a team that, led by Kyle Lowry and [=DeMar DeRozen=], are one of the toughest teams to play in the East.

* The '''Golden State Warriors''' are the Bay Area's team and have one of the deepest histories in the league. Originally the Philadelphia Warriors, the franchise won four championships in their history[[note]] Two in Philly in 1947 and again 1956, and two in California in 1975 and 2015[[/note]] The Warriors are notable for being the first team for UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain before he joined the Philadelphia 76ers. Rick Barry led the Warriors to the title in 1975, which marked the beginning of a long dark period of mediocre basketball [[note]]Although they did take out the top ranked Dallas Mavericks as an eight seed in 2007[[/note]]. Things changed dramatically for the Warriors when they drafted "Splash Brothers" Stephen Curry in 2009, and Klay Thompson in 2011. With the additions of Draymond Green in 2012 and head coach Steve Kerr in 2014, the Warriors established themselves as argueably the greatest shooting team in NBA history, winning the title in 2015, and folowing that up with an impressive winning streak to begin the 2015-16 season. At this moment, the "Dubs"[[note]]A play on W, as in"[=DOUBle=] u"[[/note]] are right now one of the most elite teams the NBA has ever seen. * The '''Houston Rockets''' date back to 1967 [[note]]They were the San Diego Rockets for their first four seasons before moving to Houston[[/note]] and are the former team of Hakeem Olajuwon, who won two championships in the '90s. The Rockets made an international splash in 2002 when they won the right to draft Chinese superstar Yao Ming. Sadly, injuries shortened not only Yao's career, but also fellow superstar Tracy [=McGrady=], which also effected the Rockets chances of competeing against Kobe's Lakers, Dirk's Mavs, and Duncan's Spurs. After Yao retired in 2011, the Rockets were left in mediocrity limbo until a fortunate trade landed James Harden in Houston in 2012. Dwight Howard followed Harden into Houston the following season and the Rockets have established themselves as a true contender in the West.
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* The '''Golden State Warriors''' are the Bay Area's team and have one of the deepest histories in the league. Originally the Philadelphia Warriors, the franchise won four championships in their history[[note]] Two in Philly in 1947 and again 1956, and two in California in 1975 and 2015[[/note]] The Warriors are notable for being the first team for UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain before he joined the Philadelphia 76ers. Rick Barry led the Warriors to the title in 1975, which marked the beginning of a long dark period of mediocre basketball [[note]]Although they did take out the top ranked Dallas Mavericks as an eight seed in 2007[[/note]]. Things changed dramatically for the Warriors when they drafted "Splash Brothers" Stephen Curry in 2009, (2009) and Klay Thompson in 2011.(2011). With the additions of Draymond Green in 2012 and head coach Steve Kerr in 2014, the Warriors established themselves as argueably the greatest shooting team in NBA history, winning the title in 2015, and folowing that up with an impressive winning streak to begin the 2015-16 season. At this moment, the "Dubs"[[note]]A play on W, as in"[=DOUBle=] u"[[/note]] u"s[[/note]] are right now one of the most elite teams the NBA has ever seen. * The '''Houston Rockets''' date back to 1967 [[note]]They were the San Diego Rockets for their first four seasons before moving to Houston[[/note]] and are the former team of Hakeem Olajuwon, who won two championships in the '90s. The Rockets made an international splash in 2002 when they won the right to draft Chinese superstar Yao Ming. Sadly, injuries shortened not only Yao's career, but also fellow superstar Tracy [=McGrady=], which also effected affected the Rockets chances of competeing competing against Kobe's Lakers, Dirk's Mavs, and Duncan's Spurs. After Yao retired in 2011, the Rockets were left in mediocrity limbo until a fortunate trade landed James Harden in Houston in 2012. Dwight Howard followed Harden into Houston the following season and the Rockets have established themselves as a true contender in the West.

* The '''Los Angeles Lakers''' are arguably the NBA's most popular teams. They are one of the most accomplished franchises in sports, winning 16 championships and a record 31 appearances in the NBA Finals. The Lakers have been home to some of the greatest teams and greatest players the NBA has even seen, such as Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kobe Bryant. Many fans will remember the Lakers from the "Showtime" era of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 80s that saw the Lakers win five championships and engage in an epic rivalry with Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics. Younger fans will most likely remember the Kobe Bryant years, with either the Shaq three-peat from 2000 to 2002, or the back to back titles in 2009 and 2010. Either way, the Lakers have produced some of the most dominant eras in the NBA, which made them as big as a love-em-or-hate-em team as you'll ever come across.
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* The '''Los Angeles Lakers''' are arguably the NBA's most popular teams.team. They are one of the most accomplished franchises in sports, winning 16 championships and a record 31 appearances in the NBA Finals. The Lakers have been home to some of the greatest teams and greatest players the NBA has even seen, such as Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kobe Bryant. Many fans will remember the Lakers from the "Showtime" era of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 80s that saw the Lakers win five championships and engage in an epic rivalry with Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics. Younger fans will most likely remember the Kobe Bryant years, with either the Shaq three-peat from 2000 to 2002, or the back to back titles in 2009 and 2010. Either way, the Lakers have produced some of the most dominant eras in the NBA, which made them as big as a love-em-or-hate-em team as you'll ever come across. The ArtifactTitle name comes from their original city, Minneapolis, located in the "Land of a Thousand Lakes". Speaking of names which didn't fit a move...

* The '''Oklahoma City Thunder''' were formerly known as the Seattle Supersonics. Founded in 1967, the Sonics had a history of moderate successes in the Northwest, winning the NBA title in 1979 and reaching the Finals on two other occasions. Unfortunately, the lack of a new arena deal in Seattle, coupled with the owners ties to Oklahoma and the feverish support OKC gave the Hornets in their part-time home, prompted the move of the Sonics to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder in 2008. In Oklahoma City, the franchise has grown into one of the league's top franchises, led by superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The young core of talent led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012. The Thunder are still one of the elite teams in the NBA, and are a perennial championship contender. Also of note with the Thunder are their loyal and passionate fans, who give the Thunder one of the toughest home court advantages for visiting teams.
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* The '''Oklahoma City Thunder''' were formerly known as the Seattle Supersonics. Founded in 1967, the Sonics had a history of moderate successes in the Northwest, winning the NBA title in 1979 and reaching the Finals on two other occasions. Unfortunately, the lack of a new arena deal in Seattle, coupled with the owners ties to Oklahoma and the feverish support OKC gave the Hornets in their part-time home, prompted the move of the Sonics to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder in 2008. (this is still a sore point in Seattle, particularly as the league is still unclear regarding giving the city another franchise whether by relocation or expansion) In Oklahoma City, the franchise has grown into one of the league's top franchises, led by superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The young core of talent led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012. The Thunder are still one of the elite teams in the NBA, and are a perennial championship contender.contender when Durant and Westbrook are healthy. Also of note with the Thunder are their loyal and passionate fans, who give the Thunder one of the toughest home court advantages for visiting teams.

* The '''San Antonio Spurs''' are arguably the most consistent dominant team in NBA history. In the almost 40 years since entering the NBA from the ABA in 1976, they have won a total of 18 division titles and only missed the playoffs ''four times''!!! While the Spurs saw moderate successes with George Gervin in the 80s and David Robinson in the 90s, it was the arrival of Tim Duncan in 1997, alongside the arrivals of Tony Parker in 2001 and Manu Ginobili in 2002 and the coaching brilliance of Gregg Popovich, that propelled the Spurs into one of the most premiere franchises in sports. The Spurs have won five championships, and have consistently won 50 games or more year in and year out. The Spurs have seen soaring victories [[note]] Sean Elliott's Memorial Day Miracle in 1999, and Robert Horry's 2005 Finals Game 5 takeover [[/note]], and heart-wrenching losses [[note]] Derek Fisher's 0.4 second shot in 2004 and Ray Allen's dagger three-pointer 2013 [[/note]]. Interestingly, they are NOT among the NBA's most popular teams, with many labeling them "Boring", or "Old". No matter what, the Spurs just keep on winning.
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* The '''San Antonio Spurs''' are arguably the most consistent dominant team in NBA history. In the almost 40 years since entering the NBA from the ABA in 1976, they have won a total of 18 division titles and only missed the playoffs ''four times''!!! While the Spurs saw moderate successes with George Gervin in the 80s and David Robinson in the 90s, it was the arrival of Tim Duncan in 1997, alongside the arrivals of Tony Parker in 2001 and Manu Ginobili in 2002 and the coaching brilliance of Gregg Popovich, that propelled the Spurs into one of the most premiere franchises in sports. The Spurs have won five championships, and have consistently won 50 games or more year in and year out. The Spurs have seen soaring victories [[note]] Sean Elliott's Memorial Day Miracle in 1999, and Robert Horry's 2005 Finals Game 5 takeover [[/note]], and heart-wrenching losses [[note]] Derek Fisher's 0.4 second shot in 2004 and Ray Allen's dagger three-pointer 2013 [[/note]]. Interestingly, they are NOT among the NBA's most popular teams, with many labeling them "Boring", or "Old".their play frequently described as [[BoringButPractical "Boring"]], and in recent years the team labeled as "Old" as well. No matter what, the Spurs just keep on winning.
10th Feb '16 12:32:54 PM NoChorus
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*'''David Thompson''' is a Hall of Fame small forward and shooting guard that played most of his career the Denver Nuggets in both the ABA and NBA. Nicknamed "The Skywalker" because of his incredible vertical leap (he could jump high enough to touch the ''top'' of the backboard) which allowed him to throw down powerful dunks. Along with Julius Erving, he and his playstyle helped to popularize the "high-flying, above-the-rim" game that the league became known for. Despite the emphasis on his dunks, Thompson was also a great, efficient shooter: his career 50% field goal percentage rivaled that of George Gervin, whom he frequently competed for the NBA's scoring title. Their frequent scoring battles led to Thompson becoming one of five people to score more than 70 points in a game, which he did against the Detroit Pistons on the final game of the season in 1978. Amazingly he had the potential to be even greater, but persistent problems with substance abuse and a severe injury to his knee at a nightclub in New York put an end to that. Despite all of this, he's probably more known today for being the idol of Michael Jordan, who has said that he looked up to Thompson in the way that people look up to Jordan himself. This admiration led to Jordan choosing Thompson as the person to introduce him for his Basketball Hall of Fame induction in 2009.
9th Feb '16 8:50:53 AM dknights411
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* The '''Utah Jazz''' are the former team of John Stockton, Karl "The Mailman" Malone, and longtime head coach Jerry Sloan. In the more distant past, "Pistol" Pete Maravich (Disney made a movie about his childhood hoop exploits) played for them. However, despite their dominance, they have no championships to show for it. If you're wondering what Mormon {{Utah}} has to do with jazz, this is yet another team with an ArtifactTitle. The franchise was originally from New Orleans and moved to Salt Lake City in 1979. The team's then-owner didn't change the name because he thought the move would be temporary. But after all these years, nobody even questions it anymore. [[note]]It's become something of a quirky Utah tradition to append one or two Z's to the end of a professional team name or have a Z somewhere (the WNBA and women's soccer's "Starzz", the minor league "Orem Owlz", the "Blitzz" of a long forgotten soccer league, the minor league hockey Grizzlies, and the minor league baseball team of ''MajorLeague: Back to the Minors'', the "Buzz", since renamed the Stingers and then the Bees).[[/note/
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* The '''Utah Jazz''' are the former team of John Stockton, Karl "The Mailman" Malone, and longtime head coach Jerry Sloan. In the more distant past, "Pistol" Pete Maravich (Disney made a movie about his childhood hoop exploits) played for them. However, despite their dominance, they have no championships to show for it. If you're wondering what Mormon {{Utah}} has to do with jazz, this is yet another team with an ArtifactTitle. The franchise was originally from New Orleans and moved to Salt Lake City in 1979. The team's then-owner didn't change the name because he thought the move would be temporary. But after all these years, nobody even questions it anymore. [[note]]It's become something of a quirky Utah tradition to append one or two Z's to the end of a professional team name or have a Z somewhere (the WNBA and women's soccer's "Starzz", the minor league "Orem Owlz", the "Blitzz" of a long forgotten soccer league, the minor league hockey Grizzlies, and the minor league baseball team of ''MajorLeague: Back to the Minors'', the "Buzz", since renamed the Stingers and then the Bees).[[/note/ [[/note]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Former Teams]]

'''Former Teams''' * The '''Anderson Packers''' ('''1946-1951''') [[note]] Sometimes known as the Anderson ''Duffey'' Packers or even the ''Chief Anderson Meat Packers'', they were the last champion team for the NBL, which was a big chunk for the early NBA. In their one season with the NBA (1949-50), they ended up defeating their division rivals in the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Indianapolis Olympians before being bested by the eventual champion Minneapolis Lakers. After their failure in the NBA, they decided to move on to the failing National Professional Basketball League before folding. [[/note]] * The original '''Baltimore Bullets''' ('''1944-1954''') [[note]] are currently the only dead NBA team to end up winning an NBA Finals championship. Baltimore began as an ABL[[note]]the American Basketball League team that once won a championship ''there'' against the Philadelphia Sphas (who are now known as [[ButtMonkey the Washington Generals]]) before moving to the BAA in 1947-48, where they had their best success as a team. They are also the only ABL team to move to the NBA. Afterwards, the team had unfortunate luck, making it to the playoffs twice before folding after 14 games with a record of 3-11 into the 1954-55 season. Also, they shouldn't be confused with the Baltimore Bullets team that are now the Washington Wizards.[[/note]] * The '''Chicago Stags''' ('''1946-1950''') [[note]]Chicago's first attempt at having an NBA team before they settled with the Chicago Bulls. The Stags had a good opportunity with being the first of two teams to enter the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, the success they had was short-lived, as while they ''did'' make it to the playoffs in all the other years, they just didn't have the luck, cash, or talent needed to help keep the team around, despite the acquisition rights to eventual Boston Celtic Bob Cousy and having a leading scorer in Max Zaslofsky. They do hold some remembrance, as the Stags' old jerseys were worn in a few NBA games back in the 2005-06 season. They are also one of the original 11 NBA teams in their first ever NBA season. [[/note]] * The '''Cleveland Rebels''' ('''1946-47''') [[note]]Cleveland's first attempt at an NBA team before getting the Cleveland Cavaliers. They were also an original 11 NBA team. In their one year with the BAA/NBA, they ended up grabbing an average record, and ended up losing to the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs. After that, they just went out of business.[[/note]] * The original '''Denver Nuggets''' ('''1948-1950''') [[note]]Denver's first ''ever'' professional team. Unfortunately, they were probably the worst team they had. In their two years with the NBL/NBA, they ended up getting two losing records, the second of which being the worst. On the plus side, they were a great un-named Denver amateur team back in 1938-48, and they put the city on the map in terms of sports. Just like Baltimore, they shouldn't be confused with the current Denver NBA team of [[NamesTheSame the same name]], albeit ''that'' Denver Nuggets weren't originally named the Nuggets to begin with.[[/note]] * The '''Detroit Falcons''' ('''1946-47''') [[note]]Detroit's first NBA team before they acquired the Detroit Pistons, as well as an original 11 NBA team. Their team was a bad one, with their only star, Stan Miasak, making it on their first ever All-BAA/NBA First Team. Combine that with the Detroit of the past, and it's no wonder why they didn't work out.[[/note]] * The '''Indianapolis Kautskys''' ('''1937-1949''') [[note]] The first chance Indiana had for a professional basketball team. The Kautskys weren't really one of the best NBL teams around, even going around and temporarily suspending operations for the 1940-41 season and from 1942-45, which was most likely due to World War II happening. Along with the Lakers, the (Zollner) Pistons, and the Rochester Royals, the Kautskys ended up moving from the NBL to the BAA in their 1948-49 season, and rebranded themselves as the '''Indianapolis Jets'''. Unfortunately for them, they still ended up having a losing record, and they folded after one season with the NBA. However, not all hope would be lost for Indiana because they ended up gaining "another" NBA team in the form of...[[/note]] * The '''Indianapolis Olympians''' ('''1949-1953''') [[note]]Indiana's second chance for a professional basketball team after the failed Kautskys/Jets experiment. Unlike the first Indianapolis team, the Olympians were [[MeaningfulName led by some players who were on the U.S. Olympic team in 1948]]. They even ended up gaining a winning record in their first year, and even ended up making it to the playoffs for every season they played. Unfortunately, when the NBA discovered that two key components admitted to point shaving during their college careers in Kentucky in 1951, they were banned from the NBA for life and the Olympians were never the same, despite having a winning record again after that year. When they had a horrid losing record that ''still'' made it to the playoffs and your first opponent would be the eventual champion Lakers, you might as well consider yourself dead afterwards. On a plus side, they were the winners of a six-overtime game against the Rochester Royals in 1951. Despite that long amount of time, the score on that game was rather small, since it ended with the score of ''75-73''! Eventually, Indiana finally found a NBA team to truly call their team... with a former [[TheRival ABA]] team entering the NBA.[[/note]] * The '''Pittsburgh Ironmen''' ('''1946-47''') [[note]]The NBA's only attempt to venture out to the land of Pittsburgh, but it wouldn't be the end of their ventures in Pennsylvania. They were also an original 11 NBA team. In their one year around, they were the worst team with a 15-45 record. On a trivia note, the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Pittsburgh Steelers]] were temporarily renamed the Pittsburgh Iron Men back in 1941.[[/note]] * The '''Providence Steamrollers''' ('''1946-49''') [[note]]The last professional team ''in general'' to ever play in the state of Rhode Island, as well as an original 11 NBA team. The Steamrollers were simply put, a horrible team, with one season giving them only '''6 wins'''! (They ''still'' aren't the worst team, percentage-wise. ''That'' dubious "honor" now goes to the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats.) They also played the oldest NBA player ''ever'' in a guy named "Nat Hickey", who decided to play while ''still'' being a head coach for the team as an early birthday gift. He only scored two points via free throws, thus making him the oldest NBA player ever at ''45 years, 363 days old''![[/note]] * The '''Sheboygan Red Skins''' ('''1938-1952''') [[note]] From the Wisconsin lakeshore city, the Red Skins are a team with a somewhat tragic end. They began as a few successful small teams like the Ballhorns, the Art Imig's, and the Enzo Jels (all local businesses which still exist today) before being renamed as the Sheboygan Red Skins in the NBL, which they admitted in due to their performance against Hall of Fame teams in the New York Renaissance and even the ''Harlem Globetrotters''! After a bad first NBL season, they revamped themselves with a new coach, and later a new arena to help them not only enter the finals, but even win a championship in 1943. After that, they ended up entering a finals a few more times and even joined the playoffs for a few more years afterwards, but they never could replicate the success found in that year. They were the second-longest team to ever play in the NBL and the team with the second-most NBL championship appearances, being only behind the also defunct Oshkosh All-Stars in each experiment. Unfortunately, they didn't fare so well despite starting out so well in the 1949-1950 NBA season. With the Red Skins playing in the smallest market and arena in professional basketball history (a 3,500 all-bleacher seat building meant more as an armory), it wouldn't really help Sheboygan's cause. After giving the Olympians a scare in the playoffs despite having a losing record, they withdrew to the aforementioned NPBL, where they posted the best NPBL record there (29-16). After that experiment, the Red Skins had one last chance in saving them, ''and'' two other former NBA teams by creating a new ten-team league called the Western Basketball Association (WBA), but they realized how big the NBA was, and they ended up being an independent team for one year before folding altogether due to sparse crowds and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the team losing to College All-Stars]]. [[/note]] * The '''St. Louis Bombers''' ('''1946-1950''') [[note]] The NBA's first attempt at having a team in St. Louis, as well as an original 11 NBA team. When the NBA was the BAA, they did pretty good, with the team always entering the playoffs, but losing in either the quarterfinals or the semifinals. When the BAA changed into the NBA, however, they never were the same, as the Bombers suffered a losing record that resulted in the team folding afterwards, despite them having star guys in Grady Lewis and Ed Macauley.[[/note]] * The '''Toronto Huskies''' ('''1946-47''') [[note]] The NBA's first attempt at bringing in a Canadian basketball team, as well as being an original 11 NBA team. They were the losing team of the first ever NBA game, they played at the [[{{NHL}} Maple Leaf Gardens]], and they ended up holding four different coaches in their only season, one of which didn't win a game ''at all''. They also had a famous promotion gimmick in the first game ever played by giving anyone who was taller than the Huskies' tallest player (6' 8" C George Nostrand) free admission. With a lack of organization, a lack of talented players, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and odd promotions found]] (i.e., free stockings for all women in attendance), the franchise ended up folding after their only season. Despite the flaws, they're still remembered just like the Chicago Stags by having the Toronto Raptors wear the Huskies' old jerseys for 6 games in the 2009-2010 season. However, unlike the Stags, the Huskies have a movement where loyal Huskies fans want to see the Raptors abolished and replaced with the old Huskies name, and they apparently made a bit of a mark with the Raptors keeping the retro jerseys beyond that season, the Raptors' official website holding a Toronto Huskies banner, and one game even had the team referred to as the Huskies instead of the Raptors. [[/note]] * The '''Washington Capitols''' ('''1946-1951''') [[note]] were the NBA's first attempt at having a team in the U.S.A.'s capital. They're also not only an original 11 NBA team, but they also were the former head coaching team of famous head coach Red Auerbach (who went to an improving Tri-Cities Blackhawks team for a year before finally coaching the Boston Celtics) and it does show since they were one of two former NBA teams to lose in the NBA Finals. After the Capitols lost Red as their head coach, they never were the same, as they kept losing and losing until the Capitols ended up folding with a record of 10-25. Also, they shouldn't be confused with the current hockey team that spells their name as "Capitals", nor should they be confused with the ABA team that abbreviated their name as "Caps". [[/note]] * The '''Waterloo Hawks''' ('''1948-1951''') [[note]] The only sports franchise to ever hold a permanent home somewhere in Iowa. The original Hawks team started out as a more-or-less average team when they were in the NBL. When they moved to the NBA, however, they did a horrible job there. When the Hawks finally made it to the NPBL, they actually were a good team, setting out a 32-24 record. Unfortunately for the Hawks (as well as the Packers and the Red Skins), the NPBL failed without a champion truly being awarded, and the Hawks soon folded afterwards.[[/note]] Additionally, the BAA had planned on creating some new Buffalo and Indianapolis teams for the BAA ''only''. However, due to the NBL-BAA merger, those plans were permanently scrapped.[[note]]Buffalo would eventually have an NBA team planned out for them. Unfortunately for the city, that team would later move to California, and become the ButtMonkey of the NBA. Indiana, on the other hand, never had truly planned for another new team after the failed two Indianapolis teams, but the ABA did. Unlike the Buffalo experiment, the Indiana experiment ended up successful in the NBA, despite the fact that they haven't repeated the success found in the ABA.[[/note]] !NBA Finals champions by year
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'''Former Teams''' * The '''Anderson Packers''' ('''1946-1951''') [[note]] Sometimes known as the Anderson ''Duffey'' Packers or even the ''Chief Anderson Meat Packers'', they were the last champion team for the NBL, which was a big chunk for the early NBA. In their one season with the NBA (1949-50), they ended up defeating their division rivals in the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Indianapolis Olympians before being bested by the eventual champion Minneapolis Lakers. After their failure in the NBA, they decided to move on to the failing National Professional Basketball League before folding. [[/note]] folding. * The original '''Baltimore Bullets''' ('''1944-1954''') [[note]] ('''1944-1954''') are currently the only dead NBA team to end up winning an NBA Finals championship. Baltimore began as an ABL[[note]]the American Basketball League team that once won a championship ''there'' against the Philadelphia Sphas (who are now known as [[ButtMonkey the Washington Generals]]) before moving to the BAA in 1947-48, where they had their best success as a team. They are also the only ABL team to move to the NBA. Afterwards, the team had unfortunate luck, making it to the playoffs twice before folding after 14 games with a record of 3-11 into the 1954-55 season. Also, they shouldn't be confused with the Baltimore Bullets team that are now the Washington Wizards.[[/note]] Wizards. * The '''Chicago Stags''' ('''1946-1950''') [[note]]Chicago's are Chicago's first attempt at having an NBA team before they settled with the Chicago Bulls. The Stags had a good opportunity with being the first of two teams to enter the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, the success they had was short-lived, as while they ''did'' make it to the playoffs in all the other years, they just didn't have the luck, cash, or talent needed to help keep the team around, despite the acquisition rights to eventual Boston Celtic Bob Cousy and having a leading scorer in Max Zaslofsky. They do hold some remembrance, as the Stags' old jerseys were worn in a few NBA games back in the 2005-06 season. They are also one of the original 11 NBA teams in their first ever NBA season. [[/note]]\n * The '''Cleveland Rebels''' ('''1946-47''') [[note]]Cleveland's are Cleveland's first attempt at an NBA team before getting the Cleveland Cavaliers. They were also an original 11 NBA team. In their one year with the BAA/NBA, they ended up grabbing an average record, and ended up losing to the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs. After that, they just went out of business.[[/note]] business. * The original '''Denver Nuggets''' ('''1948-1950''') [[note]]Denver's are Denver's first ''ever'' professional team. Unfortunately, they were probably the worst team they had. In their two years with the NBL/NBA, they ended up getting two losing records, the second of which being the worst. On the plus side, they were a great un-named Denver amateur team back in 1938-48, and they put the city on the map in terms of sports. Just like Baltimore, they shouldn't be confused with the current Denver NBA team of [[NamesTheSame the same name]], albeit ''that'' Denver Nuggets weren't originally named the Nuggets to begin with.[[/note]] with. * The '''Detroit Falcons''' ('''1946-47''') [[note]]Detroit's Detroit's first NBA team before they acquired the Detroit Pistons, as well as an original 11 NBA team. Their team was a bad one, with their only star, Stan Miasak, making it on their first ever All-BAA/NBA First Team. Combine that with the Detroit of the past, and it's no wonder why they didn't work out.[[/note]] out. * The '''Indianapolis Kautskys''' ('''1937-1949''') [[note]] The are the first chance Indiana had for a professional basketball team. The Kautskys weren't really one of the best NBL teams around, even going around and temporarily suspending operations for the 1940-41 season and from 1942-45, which was most likely due to World War II happening. Along with the Lakers, the (Zollner) Pistons, and the Rochester Royals, the Kautskys ended up moving from the NBL to the BAA in their 1948-49 season, and rebranded themselves as the '''Indianapolis Jets'''. Unfortunately for them, they still ended up having a losing record, and they folded after one season with the NBA. However, not all hope would be lost for Indiana because they ended up gaining "another" NBA team in the form of...[[/note]] of... * The '''Indianapolis Olympians''' ('''1949-1953''') [[note]]Indiana's are Indiana's second chance for a professional basketball team after the failed Kautskys/Jets experiment. Unlike the first Indianapolis team, the Olympians were [[MeaningfulName led by some players who were on the U.S. Olympic team in 1948]]. They even ended up gaining a winning record in their first year, and even ended up making it to the playoffs for every season they played. Unfortunately, when the NBA discovered that two key components admitted to point shaving during their college careers in Kentucky in 1951, they were banned from the NBA for life and the Olympians were never the same, despite having a winning record again after that year. When they had a horrid losing record that ''still'' made it to the playoffs and your first opponent would be the eventual champion Lakers, you might as well consider yourself dead afterwards. On a plus side, they were the winners of a six-overtime game against the Rochester Royals in 1951. Despite that long amount of time, the score on that game was rather small, since it ended with the score of ''75-73''! Eventually, Indiana finally found a NBA team to truly call their team... with a former [[TheRival ABA]] team entering the NBA.[[/note]] * The '''Pittsburgh Ironmen''' ('''1946-47''') [[note]]The are the NBA's only attempt to venture out to the land of Pittsburgh, but it wouldn't be the end of their ventures in Pennsylvania. They were also an original 11 NBA team. In their one year around, they were the worst team with a 15-45 record. On a trivia note, the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Pittsburgh Steelers]] were temporarily renamed the Pittsburgh Iron Men back in 1941.[[/note]] 1941. * The '''Providence Steamrollers''' ('''1946-49''') [[note]]The The last professional team ''in general'' to ever play in the state of Rhode Island, as well as an original 11 NBA team. The Steamrollers were simply put, a horrible team, with one season giving them only '''6 wins'''! (They ''still'' aren't the worst team, percentage-wise. ''That'' dubious "honor" now goes to the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats.) They also played the oldest NBA player ''ever'' in a guy named "Nat Hickey", who decided to play while ''still'' being a head coach for the team as an early birthday gift. He only scored two points via free throws, thus making him the oldest NBA player ever at ''45 years, 363 days old''![[/note]] old''! * The '''Sheboygan Red Skins''' ('''1938-1952''') [[note]] From ('''1938-1952''') from the Wisconsin lakeshore city, the Red Skins are a team with a somewhat tragic end. They began as a few successful small teams like the Ballhorns, the Art Imig's, and the Enzo Jels (all local businesses which still exist today) before being renamed as the Sheboygan Red Skins in the NBL, which they admitted in due to their performance against Hall of Fame teams in the New York Renaissance and even the ''Harlem Globetrotters''! After a bad first NBL season, they revamped themselves with a new coach, and later a new arena to help them not only enter the finals, but even win a championship in 1943. After that, they ended up entering a finals a few more times and even joined the playoffs for a few more years afterwards, but they never could replicate the success found in that year. They were the second-longest team to ever play in the NBL and the team with the second-most NBL championship appearances, being only behind the also defunct Oshkosh All-Stars in each experiment. Unfortunately, they didn't fare so well despite starting out so well in the 1949-1950 NBA season. With the Red Skins playing in the smallest market and arena in professional basketball history (a 3,500 all-bleacher seat building meant more as an armory), it wouldn't really help Sheboygan's cause. After giving the Olympians a scare in the playoffs despite having a losing record, they withdrew to the aforementioned NPBL, where they posted the best NPBL record there (29-16). After that experiment, the Red Skins had one last chance in saving them, ''and'' two other former NBA teams by creating a new ten-team league called the Western Basketball Association (WBA), but they realized how big the NBA was, and they ended up being an independent team for one year before folding altogether due to sparse crowds and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the team losing to College All-Stars]]. [[/note]] All-Stars]]. * The '''St. Louis Bombers''' ('''1946-1950''') [[note]] The were the NBA's first attempt at having a team in St. Louis, as well as an original 11 NBA team. When the NBA was the BAA, they did pretty good, with the team always entering the playoffs, but losing in either the quarterfinals or the semifinals. When the BAA changed into the NBA, however, they never were the same, as the Bombers suffered a losing record that resulted in the team folding afterwards, despite them having star guys in Grady Lewis and Ed Macauley.[[/note]] Macauley. * The '''Toronto Huskies''' ('''1946-47''') [[note]] The were the NBA's first attempt at bringing in a Canadian basketball team, as well as being an original 11 NBA team. They were the losing team of the first ever NBA game, they played at the [[{{NHL}} Maple Leaf Gardens]], and they ended up holding four different coaches in their only season, one of which didn't win a game ''at all''. They also had a famous promotion gimmick in the first game ever played by giving anyone who was taller than the Huskies' tallest player (6' 8" C George Nostrand) free admission. With a lack of organization, a lack of talented players, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and odd promotions found]] (i.e., free stockings for all women in attendance), the franchise ended up folding after their only season. Despite the flaws, they're still remembered just like the Chicago Stags by having the Toronto Raptors wear the Huskies' old jerseys for 6 games in the 2009-2010 season. However, unlike the Stags, the Huskies have a movement where loyal Huskies fans want to see the Raptors abolished and replaced with the old Huskies name, and they apparently made a bit of a mark with the Raptors keeping the retro jerseys beyond that season, the Raptors' official website holding a Toronto Huskies banner, and one game even had the team referred to as the Huskies instead of the Raptors. [[/note]]\n * The '''Washington Capitols''' ('''1946-1951''') [[note]] were the NBA's first attempt at having a team in the U.S.A.'s capital. They're also not only an original 11 NBA team, but they also were the former head coaching team of famous head coach Red Auerbach (who went to an improving Tri-Cities Blackhawks team for a year before finally coaching the Boston Celtics) and it does show since they were one of two former NBA teams to lose in the NBA Finals. After the Capitols lost Red as their head coach, they never were the same, as they kept losing and losing until the Capitols ended up folding with a record of 10-25. Also, they shouldn't be confused with the current hockey team that spells their name as "Capitals", nor should they be confused with the ABA team that abbreviated their name as "Caps". [[/note]]\n * The '''Waterloo Hawks''' ('''1948-1951''') [[note]] The were the only sports franchise to ever hold a permanent home somewhere in Iowa. The original Hawks team started out as a more-or-less average team when they were in the NBL. When they moved to the NBA, however, they did a horrible job there. When the Hawks finally made it to the NPBL, they actually were a good team, setting out a 32-24 record. Unfortunately for the Hawks (as well as the Packers and the Red Skins), the NPBL failed without a champion truly being awarded, and the Hawks soon folded afterwards.[[/note]] afterwards. Additionally, the BAA had planned on creating some new Buffalo and Indianapolis teams for the BAA ''only''. However, due to the NBL-BAA merger, those plans were permanently scrapped.[[note]]Buffalo would eventually have an NBA team planned out for them. Unfortunately for the city, that team would later move to California, and eventually become the ButtMonkey of the NBA.Los Angeles Clippers. Indiana, on the other hand, never had truly planned for another new team after the failed two Indianapolis teams, but the ABA did. Unlike the Buffalo experiment, the Indiana experiment ended up successful in the NBA, despite the fact that they haven't repeated the success found in the ABA.[[/note]] !NBA Finals champions by year[[/note]] [[/folder]] [[folder:NBA Champions]]

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* The '''Anderson Packers''' ('''1946-1951''') [[note]] (sometimes known as the Anderson ''Duffey'' Packers or even the ''Chief Anderson Meat Packers'') were the last champion team for the NBL, which was a big chunk for the early NBA. In their one season with the NBA (1949-50), they ended up defeating their division rivals in the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Indianapolis Olympians before being bested by the eventual champion Minneapolis Lakers. After their failure in the NBA, they decided to move on to the failing National Professional Basketball League before folding.[[/note]] * The original '''Baltimore Bullets''' ('''1944-1954''') [[note]] are currently the only dead NBA team to end up winning an NBA Finals championship. Baltimore began as an ABL[[note]]the American Basketball League[[/note]] team that once won a championship ''there'' against the Philadelphia Sphas (who are now known as [[ButtMonkey the Washington Generals]]) before moving to the BAA in 1947-48, where they had their best success as a team. They are also the only ABL team to move to the NBA. Afterwards, the team had unfortunate luck, making it to the playoffs twice before folding after 14 games with a record of 3-11 into the 1954-55 season. Also, they shouldn't be confused with the Baltimore Bullets team that are now the Washington Wizards.[[/note]]
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* The '''Anderson Packers''' ('''1946-1951''') ('''1946-1951''') [[note]] (sometimes Sometimes known as the Anderson ''Duffey'' Packers or even the ''Chief Anderson Meat Packers'') Packers'', they were the last champion team for the NBL, which was a big chunk for the early NBA. In their one season with the NBA (1949-50), they ended up defeating their division rivals in the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Indianapolis Olympians before being bested by the eventual champion Minneapolis Lakers. After their failure in the NBA, they decided to move on to the failing National Professional Basketball League before folding. [[/note]] * The original '''Baltimore Bullets''' ('''1944-1954''') [[note]] are currently the only dead NBA team to end up winning an NBA Finals championship. Baltimore began as an ABL[[note]]the American Basketball League[[/note]] League team that once won a championship ''there'' against the Philadelphia Sphas (who are now known as [[ButtMonkey the Washington Generals]]) before moving to the BAA in 1947-48, where they had their best success as a team. They are also the only ABL team to move to the NBA. Afterwards, the team had unfortunate luck, making it to the playoffs twice before folding after 14 games with a record of 3-11 into the 1954-55 season. Also, they shouldn't be confused with the Baltimore Bullets team that are now the Washington Wizards.[[/note]]
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* The '''Sheboygan Red Skins''' ('''1938-1952''') [[note]] From the Wisconsin lakeshore city, the Red Skins are a team with a somewhat tragic end. They began as a few successful small teams like the Ballhorns, the Art Imig's, and the Enzo Jels (all local businesses which still exist today) before being renamed as the Sheboygan Red Skins in the NBL, which they admitted in due to their performance against Hall of Fame teams in the New York Renaissance and even the ''Harlem Globetrotters''! After a bad first NBL season, they revamped themselves with a new coach, and later a new arena to help them not only enter the finals, but even win a championship in 1943. After that, they ended up entering a finals a few more times and even joined the playoffs for a few more years afterwards, but they never could replicate the success found in that year. They were the second-longest team to ever play in the NBL and the team with the second-most NBL championship appearances, being only behind the also defunct Oshkosh All-Stars in each experiment. Unfortunately, they didn't fare so well despite starting out so well in the 1949-1950 NBA season. With the Red Skins playing in the smallest market and arena in professional basketball history (a 3,500 all-bleacher seat building meant more as an armory), it wouldn't really help Sheboygan's cause. After giving the Olympians a scare in the playoffs despite having a losing record, they withdrew to the aforementioned NPBL, where they posted the best NPBL record there (29-16). After that experiment, the Red Skins had one last chance in saving them, ''and'' two other former NBA teams by creating a new ten-team league[[note]]it would've been called the Western Basketball Association (WBA)[[/note]], but they realized how big the NBA was, and they ended up being an independent team for one year before folding altogether due to sparse crowds and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the team losing to College All-Stars]]. [[/note]]
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* The '''Sheboygan Red Skins''' ('''1938-1952''') [[note]] From the Wisconsin lakeshore city, the Red Skins are a team with a somewhat tragic end. They began as a few successful small teams like the Ballhorns, the Art Imig's, and the Enzo Jels (all local businesses which still exist today) before being renamed as the Sheboygan Red Skins in the NBL, which they admitted in due to their performance against Hall of Fame teams in the New York Renaissance and even the ''Harlem Globetrotters''! After a bad first NBL season, they revamped themselves with a new coach, and later a new arena to help them not only enter the finals, but even win a championship in 1943. After that, they ended up entering a finals a few more times and even joined the playoffs for a few more years afterwards, but they never could replicate the success found in that year. They were the second-longest team to ever play in the NBL and the team with the second-most NBL championship appearances, being only behind the also defunct Oshkosh All-Stars in each experiment. Unfortunately, they didn't fare so well despite starting out so well in the 1949-1950 NBA season. With the Red Skins playing in the smallest market and arena in professional basketball history (a 3,500 all-bleacher seat building meant more as an armory), it wouldn't really help Sheboygan's cause. After giving the Olympians a scare in the playoffs despite having a losing record, they withdrew to the aforementioned NPBL, where they posted the best NPBL record there (29-16). After that experiment, the Red Skins had one last chance in saving them, ''and'' two other former NBA teams by creating a new ten-team league[[note]]it would've been league called the Western Basketball Association (WBA)[[/note]], (WBA), but they realized how big the NBA was, and they ended up being an independent team for one year before folding altogether due to sparse crowds and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the team losing to College All-Stars]]. [[/note]]

While the NBA doesn't consider the championships that were won in the NBL or the ABA as "real" championships, we do. Here's what had happened over the years in the NBA.
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* ''(1998-)99'': San Antonio Spurs won over the New York Knicks 4-1. (This was the lockout season during/after which many things changed.)
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* ''2010-11'': Dallas Mavericks won over the Miami Heat 4-2. (2010 was a blockbuster free agency period, which formed the backbone of many teams you see competing today.) * ''2011-12'': Miami Heat won over the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1. (Another lockout, but it didn't take the former year away for the season. Also, this season started the "new" shot clock that starts counting down in tenths of seconds once there's 5 seconds left.)
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* ''2010-11'': Dallas Mavericks won over the Miami Heat 4-2. (2010 was a blockbuster free agency period, which formed the backbone of many teams you see competing today.) 4-2. * ''2011-12'': Miami Heat won over the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1. (Another lockout, but it didn't take [[note]]Another lockout cut the former year away for the season. Also, this season started the "new" shot clock that starts counting down in tenths of seconds once there's 5 seconds left.)from 82 games per team to 66 games.[[/note]]

* ''2014-15'': Golden State Warriors won over the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 (two teams with droughts of four decades and [[ButtMonkey much suffering in-between]]; [=LeBron=] and wingman James Jones become the first players in five straight finals since the 50's Celtics).
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* ''2014-15'': Golden State Warriors won over the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 (two teams with droughts of four decades and [[ButtMonkey much suffering in-between]]; [=LeBron=] and wingman James Jones become the first players in five straight finals since the 50's Celtics). 4-2.

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* '''Josh Smith''' is a power forward known for being a great all-around player, currently on his way to becoming just the 24th player to amass 10000 points, 5000 rebounds, 2000 assists and 1000 blocks. Somewhat notorious for his sour relationship with former Hawks coach Mike Woodson as well as his tendency to make jump shots and three-pointers that he rarely makes. He has shown much more consistent play starting with the 2011-12 season, and remarkably, in the 12-13 season he is looking to reach a career high in three-point field goal percentage. Smith would sign a 4 year, 56 million dollar contract with the Detroit Pistons in the summer of 2013. * '''Al Horford''' is a power forward/center who was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}} in his early teens. The son of former NBA player Tito Horford, Al was drafted 3rd in the 2007 NBA Draft right after Kevin Durant. Compared to the all-around yet mercurial Smith, his game relies more on finesse moves. Is also known for being married to 2003 Miss Universe Amelia Vega. '''Boston Celtics''':
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* '''Josh Smith''' is a power forward known for being a great all-around player, currently on his way to becoming just the 24th player to amass 10000 points, 5000 rebounds, 2000 assists and 1000 blocks. Somewhat notorious for his sour relationship with former Hawks coach Mike Woodson as well as his tendency to make jump shots and three-pointers that he rarely makes. He has shown much more consistent play starting with the 2011-12 season, and remarkably, in the 12-13 season he is looking to reach a career high in three-point field goal percentage. Smith would sign a 4 year, 56 million dollar contract with the Detroit Pistons in the summer of 2013. * '''Al Horford''' is a power forward/center who was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}} in his early teens. The son of former NBA player Tito Horford, Al was drafted 3rd in the 2007 NBA Draft right after Kevin Durant. Compared to the all-around yet mercurial Smith, his game relies more on finesse moves. Is also known for being married to 2003 Miss Universe Amelia Vega. '''Boston Celtics''':Horford''' * '''Jeff Teague''' [[/folder]] [[folder:Boston Celtics]]

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* The '''Sacramento Kings''' are the journeyman franchise of the NBA. Dating back to Rochester in 1945, they became the Cincinnati Royals in 1957, the Kansas City(-Omaha) Kings in 1972, and finally the Sacramento Kings in 1985. Despite their history, the Kings only have one NBA title to its name, won in 1951. During the early 2000s, the team was a perennial contender thanks to a strong starting five of Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Doug Christie, Peja Stojaković, Mike Bibby, and the home-court advantage of its raucous crowd. Unfortunately, that core of players could never defeat the Shaq and Kobe Lakers and were never able to reach the NBA Finals. Since then, the team has fallen into the bottom tier of the league. After many relocation rumors, [[note]] Including a close call in 2013 where the team almost moved to Seattle[[/note]], a local entrepreneur bought the Kings, and Sacramento was able to get a deal in place to build a new arena. * The '''San Antonio Spurs''' are arguably the most consistent dominant team in NBA history. In the almost 40 years since entering the NBA from the ABA in 1976, they have won a total of 18 division titalsonly missed the playoffs ''four times''!!! While the Spurs saw moderate successes with George Gervin in the 80s and David Robinson in the 90s, it was the arrival of Tim Duncan in 1997, alongside the arrivals of Tony Parker in 2001 and Manu Ginobili in 2002 and the coaching brilliance of Gregg Popovich, that propelled the Spurs into one of the most premiere franchises in sports. The Spurs have won five championships, and have consistently won 50 games or more year in and year out. The Spurs have seen soaring victories (Sean Elliott in 1999, and Robert Horry in 2005) and heart-wrenching losses (Derek Fisher in 2004 and Ray Allen in 2013). Interestingly, they are NOT among the NBA's most popular teams, with many labeling them "Boring", or "Old". No matter what, the Spurs just keep on winning. * The '''Utah Jazz''' are the former team of John Stockton and "The Mailman" Karl Malone. In the more distant past, "Pistol" Pete Maravich (Disney made a movie about his childhood hoop exploits) played for them. However, despite their dominance, they have no championships to show for it. Recent shock has been gained by them when Jerry Sloan (the head coach of the Utah Jazz for ''23 years'') decided to resign from coaching after signing another one-year contract during the 2010-11 season, as well the Jazz trading away their superstar point guard Deron Williams to the Nets almost one week later. If you're wondering what Mormon {{Utah}} has to do with jazz, this is yet another team with an ArtifactTitle. The franchise was originally from New Orleans and moved to Salt Lake City in 1979. The team's then-owner didn't change the name because he thought the move would be temporary. As you've guessed, it wasn't. But after all these years, nobody even questions it anymore, and it's become something of a quirky Utah tradition to append one or two Z's to the end of a professional team name or have a Z somewhere (the WNBA and women's soccer's "Starzz", the minor league "Orem Owlz", the "Blitzz" of a long forgotten soccer league, the minor league hockey Grizzlies, and the minor league baseball team of ''MajorLeague: Back to the Minors'', the "Buzz", since renamed the Stingers and then the Bees).
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* The '''Sacramento Kings''' are the journeyman franchise of the NBA. Dating back to Rochester in 1945, they became the Cincinnati Royals in 1957, the Kansas City(-Omaha) Kings in 1972, and finally the Sacramento Kings in 1985. Despite their history, the Kings only have one NBA title to its name, won in 1951. During the early 2000s, the team was a perennial contender thanks to a strong starting five of Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Doug Christie, Peja Stojaković, Mike Bibby, and the home-court advantage of its raucous crowd. Unfortunately, that core of players could never defeat the Shaq and Kobe Lakers and were never able to reach the NBA Finals. Since then, the team has fallen into the bottom tier of the league. After many relocation rumors, rumors [[note]] Including a close call in 2013 where the team almost moved to Seattle[[/note]], a local entrepreneur bought the Kings, and Sacramento was able to get a deal in place to build a new arena. * The '''San Antonio Spurs''' are arguably the most consistent dominant team in NBA history. In the almost 40 years since entering the NBA from the ABA in 1976, they have won a total of 18 division titalsonly titles and only missed the playoffs ''four times''!!! While the Spurs saw moderate successes with George Gervin in the 80s and David Robinson in the 90s, it was the arrival of Tim Duncan in 1997, alongside the arrivals of Tony Parker in 2001 and Manu Ginobili in 2002 and the coaching brilliance of Gregg Popovich, that propelled the Spurs into one of the most premiere franchises in sports. The Spurs have won five championships, and have consistently won 50 games or more year in and year out. The Spurs have seen soaring victories (Sean Elliott [[note]] Sean Elliott's Memorial Day Miracle in 1999, and Robert Horry in 2005) Horry's 2005 Finals Game 5 takeover [[/note]], and heart-wrenching losses (Derek Fisher [[note]] Derek Fisher's 0.4 second shot in 2004 and Ray Allen in 2013).Allen's dagger three-pointer 2013 [[/note]]. Interestingly, they are NOT among the NBA's most popular teams, with many labeling them "Boring", or "Old". No matter what, the Spurs just keep on winning. * The '''Utah Jazz''' are the former team of John Stockton and Stockton, Karl "The Mailman" Karl Malone.Malone, and longtime head coach Jerry Sloan. In the more distant past, "Pistol" Pete Maravich (Disney made a movie about his childhood hoop exploits) played for them. However, despite their dominance, they have no championships to show for it. Recent shock has been gained by them when Jerry Sloan (the head coach of the Utah Jazz for ''23 years'') decided to resign from coaching after signing another one-year contract during the 2010-11 season, as well the Jazz trading away their superstar point guard Deron Williams to the Nets almost one week later. If you're wondering what Mormon {{Utah}} has to do with jazz, this is yet another team with an ArtifactTitle. The franchise was originally from New Orleans and moved to Salt Lake City in 1979. The team's then-owner didn't change the name because he thought the move would be temporary. As you've guessed, it wasn't. But after all these years, nobody even questions it anymore, and it's anymore. [[note]]It's become something of a quirky Utah tradition to append one or two Z's to the end of a professional team name or have a Z somewhere (the WNBA and women's soccer's "Starzz", the minor league "Orem Owlz", the "Blitzz" of a long forgotten soccer league, the minor league hockey Grizzlies, and the minor league baseball team of ''MajorLeague: Back to the Minors'', the "Buzz", since renamed the Stingers and then the Bees). Bees).[[/note/

* The '''Anderson Packers''' (sometimes known as the Anderson ''Duffey'' Packers or even the ''Chief Anderson Meat Packers''; '''1946-1951''') were the last champion team for the NBL, which was a big chunk for the early NBA. In their one season with the NBA (1949-50), they ended up defeating their division rivals in the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Indianapolis Olympians before being bested by the eventual champion Minneapolis Lakers. After their failure in the NBA, they decided to move on to the failing NPBL[[note]]the National Professional Basketball League[[/note]] before folding. * The original '''Baltimore Bullets''' ('''1944-1954''') are currently the only dead NBA team to end up winning an NBA Finals championship. Baltimore began as an ABL[[note]]the American Basketball League[[/note]] team that once won a championship ''there'' against the Philadelphia Sphas (who are now known as [[ButtMonkey the Washington Generals]]) before moving to the BAA in 1947-48, where they had their best success as a team. They are also the only ABL team to move to the NBA. Afterwards, the team had unfortunate luck, making it to the playoffs twice before folding after 14 games[[note]]with a record of 3-11[[/note]] into the 1954-55 season. Also, they shouldn't be confused with the Baltimore Bullets team that are now the Washington Wizards. * The '''Chicago Stags''' ('''1946-1950''') was Chicago's first attempt at having an NBA team before they settled with the Chicago Bulls. The Stags had a good opportunity with being the first of two teams to enter the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, the success they had was short-lived, as while they ''did'' make it to the playoffs in all the other years, they just didn't have the luck, cash, or talent needed to help keep the team around, despite the acquisition rights to eventual Boston Celtic Bob Cousy and having a leading scorer in Max Zaslofsky. They do hold some remembrance, as the Stags' old jerseys were worn in a few NBA games back in the 2005-06 season. They are also one of the original 11 NBA teams in their first ever NBA season. * The '''Cleveland Rebels''' ('''1946-47''') was Cleveland's first attempt at an NBA team before getting the Cleveland Cavaliers. They were also an original 11 NBA team. In their one year with the BAA/NBA, they ended up grabbing an average record, and ended up losing to the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs. After that, they just went out of business. * The original '''Denver Nuggets''' ('''1948-1950''') was Denver's first ''ever'' professional team. Unfortunately, they were probably the worst team they had. In their two years with the NBL/NBA, they ended up getting two losing records, the second of which being the worst. On the plus side, they were a great un-named Denver amateur team back in 1938-48, and they put the city on the map in terms of sports. Just like Baltimore, they shouldn't be confused with the current Denver NBA team of [[NamesTheSame the same name]], albeit ''that'' Denver Nuggets weren't originally named the Nuggets to begin with. * The '''Detroit Falcons''' ('''1946-47''') was Detroit's first NBA team before they acquired the Detroit Pistons, as well as an original 11 NBA team. Their team was a bad one, with their only star, Stan Miasak, making it on their first ever All-BAA/NBA First Team. Combine that with the Detroit of the past, and it's no wonder why they didn't work out. * The '''Indianapolis Kautskys''' ('''1937-1949''') was the first chance Indiana had for a professional basketball team. The Kautskys weren't really one of the best NBL teams around, even going around and temporarily suspending operations for the 1940-41 season and from 1942-45, which was most likely due to World War II happening. Along with the Lakers, the (Zollner) Pistons, and the Rochester Royals, the Kautskys ended up moving from the NBL to the BAA in their 1948-49 season, and rebranded themselves as the '''Indianapolis Jets'''. Unfortunately for them, they still ended up having a losing record, and they folded after one season with the NBA. However, not all hope would be lost for Indiana... * Because they ended up gaining ''another'' NBA team! The '''Indianapolis Olympians''' ('''1949-1953''') were Indiana's second chance for a professional basketball team after the failed Kautskys/Jets experiment. Unlike the first Indianapolis team, the Olympians were [[MeaningfulName led by some players who were on the U.S. Olympic team in 1948]]. They even ended up gaining a winning record in their first year, and even ended up making it to the playoffs for every season they played. Unfortunately, when the NBA discovered that two key components admitted to point shaving during their college careers in Kentucky in 1951, they were banned from the NBA for life and the Olympians were never the same, despite having a winning record again after that year. When they had a horrid losing record that ''still'' made it to the playoffs and your first opponent would be the eventual champion Lakers, you might as well consider yourself dead afterwards. On a plus side, they were the winners of a six-overtime game against the Rochester Royals in 1951. Despite that long amount of time, the score on that game was rather small, since it ended with the score of ''75-73''! Eventually, Indiana finally found a NBA team to truly call their team... with a former [[TheRival ABA]] team entering the NBA. * The '''Pittsburgh Ironmen''' ('''1946-47''') was the NBA's only attempt to venture out to the land of Pittsburgh, but it wouldn't be the end of their ventures in Pennsylvania. They were also an original 11 NBA team. In their one year around, they were the worst team with a 15-45 record. On a trivia note, the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Pittsburgh Steelers]] were temporarily renamed the Pittsburgh Iron Men back in 1941. * The '''Providence Steamrollers''' ('''1946-49''') was the last professional team ''in general'' to ever play in the state of Rhode Island, as well as an original 11 NBA team. The Steamrollers were simply put, a horrible team, with one season giving them only '''6 wins'''! (They ''still'' aren't the worst team, percentage-wise. ''That'' dubious "honor" now goes to the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats.) They also played the oldest NBA player ''ever'' in a guy named "Nat Hickey", who decided to play while ''still'' being a head coach for the team as an early birthday gift. He only scored two points via free throws, thus making him the oldest NBA player ever at ''45 years, 363 days old''! * The '''Sheboygan Red Skins''' ('''1938-1952''') from the Wisconsin lakeshore city are a team with a somewhat tragic end. They began as a few successful small teams like the Ballhorns, the Art Imig's, and the Enzo Jels (all local businesses which still exist today) before being renamed as the Sheboygan Red Skins in the NBL, which they admitted in due to their performance against Hall of Fame teams in the New York Renaissance and even the ''Harlem Globetrotters''! After a bad first NBL season, they revamped themselves with a new coach, and later a new arena to help them not only enter the finals, but even win a championship in 1943. After that, they ended up entering a finals a few more times and even joined the playoffs for a few more years afterwards, but they never could replicate the success found in that year. They were the second-longest team to ever play in the NBL and the team with the second-most NBL championship appearances, being only behind the also defunct Oshkosh All-Stars in each experiment. Unfortunately, they didn't fare so well despite starting out so well in the 1949-1950 NBA season. With the Red Skins playing in the smallest market and arena in professional basketball history (a 3,500 all-bleacher seat building meant more as an armory), it wouldn't really help Sheboygan's cause. After giving the Olympians a scare in the playoffs despite having a losing record, they withdrew to the aforementioned NPBL, where they posted the best NPBL record there (29-16). After that experiment, the Red Skins had one last chance in saving them, ''and'' two other former NBA teams by creating a new ten-team league[[note]]it would've been called the Western Basketball Association (WBA)[[/note]], but they realized how big the NBA was, and they ended up being an independent team for one year before folding altogether due to sparse crowds and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the team losing to College All-Stars]]. * The '''St. Louis Bombers''' ('''1946-1950''') were the NBA's first attempt at having a team in St. Louis, as well as an original 11 NBA team. When the NBA was the BAA, they did pretty good, with the team always entering the playoffs, but losing in either the quarterfinals or the semifinals. When the BAA changed into the NBA, however, they never were the same, as the Bombers suffered a losing record that resulted in the team folding afterwards, despite them having star guys in Grady Lewis and Ed Macauley. * The '''Toronto Huskies''' ('''1946-47''') were the NBA's first attempt at bringing in a Canadian basketball team, as well as being an original 11 NBA team. They were the losing team of the first ever NBA game, they played at the [[{{NHL}} Maple Leaf Gardens]], and they ended up holding four different coaches in their only season, one of which didn't win a game ''at all''. They also had a famous promotion gimmick in the first game ever played by giving anyone who was taller than the Huskies' tallest player (6' 8" C George Nostrand) free admission. With a lack of organization, a lack of talented players, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and odd promotions found]] (i.e., free stockings for all women in attendance), the franchise ended up folding after their only season. Despite the flaws, they're still remembered just like the Chicago Stags by having the Toronto Raptors wear the Huskies' old jerseys for 6 games in the 2009-2010 season. However, unlike the Stags, the Huskies have a movement where loyal Huskies fans want to see the Raptors abolished and replaced with the old Huskies name, and they apparently made a bit of a mark with the Raptors keeping the retro jerseys beyond that season, the Raptors' official website holding a Toronto Huskies banner, and one game even had the team referred to as the Huskies instead of the Raptors. * The '''Washington Capitols''' ('''1946-1951''') were the NBA's first attempt at having a team in the U.S.A.'s capital. They're also not only an original 11 NBA team, but they also were the former head coaching team of famous head coach Red Auerbach[[note]]He then went to an improving Tri-Cities Blackhawks team for a year before finally coaching the Boston Celtics, and the rest speaks for itself...[[/note]], and it does show since they were one of two former NBA teams to lose in the NBA Finals. After the Capitols lost Red as their head coach, they never were the same, as they kept losing and losing until the Capitols ended up folding with a record of 10-25. Also, they shouldn't be confused with the current hockey team that spells their name as "Capitals", nor should they be confused with the ABA team that abbreviated their name as "Caps". * The '''Waterloo Hawks''' ('''1948-1951''') were the only sports franchise to ever hold a permanent home somewhere in Iowa[[note]]And before anyone asks, no, it isn't the same Waterloo that's famed for being Napoleon Bonaparte's downfall.[[/note]]. The original Hawks team started out as a more-or-less average team when they were in the NBL. When they moved to the NBA, however, they did a horrible job there. When the Hawks finally made it to the NPBL, they actually were a good team, setting out a 32-24 record. Unfortunately for the Hawks (as well as the Packers and the Red Skins), the NPBL failed without a champion truly being awarded, and the Hawks soon folded afterwards.
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* The '''Anderson Packers''' ('''1946-1951''') [[note]] (sometimes known as the Anderson ''Duffey'' Packers or even the ''Chief Anderson Meat Packers''; '''1946-1951''') Packers'') were the last champion team for the NBL, which was a big chunk for the early NBA. In their one season with the NBA (1949-50), they ended up defeating their division rivals in the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Indianapolis Olympians before being bested by the eventual champion Minneapolis Lakers. After their failure in the NBA, they decided to move on to the failing NPBL[[note]]the National Professional Basketball League[[/note]] League before folding. folding.[[/note]] * The original '''Baltimore Bullets''' ('''1944-1954''') [[note]] are currently the only dead NBA team to end up winning an NBA Finals championship. Baltimore began as an ABL[[note]]the American Basketball League[[/note]] team that once won a championship ''there'' against the Philadelphia Sphas (who are now known as [[ButtMonkey the Washington Generals]]) before moving to the BAA in 1947-48, where they had their best success as a team. They are also the only ABL team to move to the NBA. Afterwards, the team had unfortunate luck, making it to the playoffs twice before folding after 14 games[[note]]with games with a record of 3-11[[/note]] 3-11 into the 1954-55 season. Also, they shouldn't be confused with the Baltimore Bullets team that are now the Washington Wizards. Wizards.[[/note]] * The '''Chicago Stags''' ('''1946-1950''') was Chicago's [[note]]Chicago's first attempt at having an NBA team before they settled with the Chicago Bulls. The Stags had a good opportunity with being the first of two teams to enter the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, the success they had was short-lived, as while they ''did'' make it to the playoffs in all the other years, they just didn't have the luck, cash, or talent needed to help keep the team around, despite the acquisition rights to eventual Boston Celtic Bob Cousy and having a leading scorer in Max Zaslofsky. They do hold some remembrance, as the Stags' old jerseys were worn in a few NBA games back in the 2005-06 season. They are also one of the original 11 NBA teams in their first ever NBA season. season. [[/note]] * The '''Cleveland Rebels''' ('''1946-47''') was Cleveland's [[note]]Cleveland's first attempt at an NBA team before getting the Cleveland Cavaliers. They were also an original 11 NBA team. In their one year with the BAA/NBA, they ended up grabbing an average record, and ended up losing to the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs. After that, they just went out of business. business.[[/note]] * The original '''Denver Nuggets''' ('''1948-1950''') was Denver's [[note]]Denver's first ''ever'' professional team. Unfortunately, they were probably the worst team they had. In their two years with the NBL/NBA, they ended up getting two losing records, the second of which being the worst. On the plus side, they were a great un-named Denver amateur team back in 1938-48, and they put the city on the map in terms of sports. Just like Baltimore, they shouldn't be confused with the current Denver NBA team of [[NamesTheSame the same name]], albeit ''that'' Denver Nuggets weren't originally named the Nuggets to begin with. with.[[/note]] * The '''Detroit Falcons''' ('''1946-47''') was Detroit's [[note]]Detroit's first NBA team before they acquired the Detroit Pistons, as well as an original 11 NBA team. Their team was a bad one, with their only star, Stan Miasak, making it on their first ever All-BAA/NBA First Team. Combine that with the Detroit of the past, and it's no wonder why they didn't work out. out.[[/note]] * The '''Indianapolis Kautskys''' ('''1937-1949''') was the [[note]] The first chance Indiana had for a professional basketball team. The Kautskys weren't really one of the best NBL teams around, even going around and temporarily suspending operations for the 1940-41 season and from 1942-45, which was most likely due to World War II happening. Along with the Lakers, the (Zollner) Pistons, and the Rochester Royals, the Kautskys ended up moving from the NBL to the BAA in their 1948-49 season, and rebranded themselves as the '''Indianapolis Jets'''. Unfortunately for them, they still ended up having a losing record, and they folded after one season with the NBA. However, not all hope would be lost for Indiana... * Because Indiana because they ended up gaining ''another'' "another" NBA team! team in the form of...[[/note]] * The '''Indianapolis Olympians''' ('''1949-1953''') were Indiana's [[note]]Indiana's second chance for a professional basketball team after the failed Kautskys/Jets experiment. Unlike the first Indianapolis team, the Olympians were [[MeaningfulName led by some players who were on the U.S. Olympic team in 1948]]. They even ended up gaining a winning record in their first year, and even ended up making it to the playoffs for every season they played. Unfortunately, when the NBA discovered that two key components admitted to point shaving during their college careers in Kentucky in 1951, they were banned from the NBA for life and the Olympians were never the same, despite having a winning record again after that year. When they had a horrid losing record that ''still'' made it to the playoffs and your first opponent would be the eventual champion Lakers, you might as well consider yourself dead afterwards. On a plus side, they were the winners of a six-overtime game against the Rochester Royals in 1951. Despite that long amount of time, the score on that game was rather small, since it ended with the score of ''75-73''! Eventually, Indiana finally found a NBA team to truly call their team... with a former [[TheRival ABA]] team entering the NBA. NBA.[[/note]] * The '''Pittsburgh Ironmen''' ('''1946-47''') was the [[note]]The NBA's only attempt to venture out to the land of Pittsburgh, but it wouldn't be the end of their ventures in Pennsylvania. They were also an original 11 NBA team. In their one year around, they were the worst team with a 15-45 record. On a trivia note, the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Pittsburgh Steelers]] were temporarily renamed the Pittsburgh Iron Men back in 1941. 1941.[[/note]] * The '''Providence Steamrollers''' ('''1946-49''') was the [[note]]The last professional team ''in general'' to ever play in the state of Rhode Island, as well as an original 11 NBA team. The Steamrollers were simply put, a horrible team, with one season giving them only '''6 wins'''! (They ''still'' aren't the worst team, percentage-wise. ''That'' dubious "honor" now goes to the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats.) They also played the oldest NBA player ''ever'' in a guy named "Nat Hickey", who decided to play while ''still'' being a head coach for the team as an early birthday gift. He only scored two points via free throws, thus making him the oldest NBA player ever at ''45 years, 363 days old''! old''![[/note]] * The '''Sheboygan Red Skins''' ('''1938-1952''') from ('''1938-1952''') [[note]] From the Wisconsin lakeshore city city, the Red Skins are a team with a somewhat tragic end. They began as a few successful small teams like the Ballhorns, the Art Imig's, and the Enzo Jels (all local businesses which still exist today) before being renamed as the Sheboygan Red Skins in the NBL, which they admitted in due to their performance against Hall of Fame teams in the New York Renaissance and even the ''Harlem Globetrotters''! After a bad first NBL season, they revamped themselves with a new coach, and later a new arena to help them not only enter the finals, but even win a championship in 1943. After that, they ended up entering a finals a few more times and even joined the playoffs for a few more years afterwards, but they never could replicate the success found in that year. They were the second-longest team to ever play in the NBL and the team with the second-most NBL championship appearances, being only behind the also defunct Oshkosh All-Stars in each experiment. Unfortunately, they didn't fare so well despite starting out so well in the 1949-1950 NBA season. With the Red Skins playing in the smallest market and arena in professional basketball history (a 3,500 all-bleacher seat building meant more as an armory), it wouldn't really help Sheboygan's cause. After giving the Olympians a scare in the playoffs despite having a losing record, they withdrew to the aforementioned NPBL, where they posted the best NPBL record there (29-16). After that experiment, the Red Skins had one last chance in saving them, ''and'' two other former NBA teams by creating a new ten-team league[[note]]it would've been called the Western Basketball Association (WBA)[[/note]], but they realized how big the NBA was, and they ended up being an independent team for one year before folding altogether due to sparse crowds and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the team losing to College All-Stars]]. All-Stars]]. [[/note]] * The '''St. Louis Bombers''' ('''1946-1950''') were the [[note]] The NBA's first attempt at having a team in St. Louis, as well as an original 11 NBA team. When the NBA was the BAA, they did pretty good, with the team always entering the playoffs, but losing in either the quarterfinals or the semifinals. When the BAA changed into the NBA, however, they never were the same, as the Bombers suffered a losing record that resulted in the team folding afterwards, despite them having star guys in Grady Lewis and Ed Macauley. \n[[/note]] * The '''Toronto Huskies''' ('''1946-47''') were the [[note]] The NBA's first attempt at bringing in a Canadian basketball team, as well as being an original 11 NBA team. They were the losing team of the first ever NBA game, they played at the [[{{NHL}} Maple Leaf Gardens]], and they ended up holding four different coaches in their only season, one of which didn't win a game ''at all''. They also had a famous promotion gimmick in the first game ever played by giving anyone who was taller than the Huskies' tallest player (6' 8" C George Nostrand) free admission. With a lack of organization, a lack of talented players, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and odd promotions found]] (i.e., free stockings for all women in attendance), the franchise ended up folding after their only season. Despite the flaws, they're still remembered just like the Chicago Stags by having the Toronto Raptors wear the Huskies' old jerseys for 6 games in the 2009-2010 season. However, unlike the Stags, the Huskies have a movement where loyal Huskies fans want to see the Raptors abolished and replaced with the old Huskies name, and they apparently made a bit of a mark with the Raptors keeping the retro jerseys beyond that season, the Raptors' official website holding a Toronto Huskies banner, and one game even had the team referred to as the Huskies instead of the Raptors. Raptors. [[/note]] * The '''Washington Capitols''' ('''1946-1951''') [[note]] were the NBA's first attempt at having a team in the U.S.A.'s capital. They're also not only an original 11 NBA team, but they also were the former head coaching team of famous head coach Red Auerbach[[note]]He then Auerbach (who went to an improving Tri-Cities Blackhawks team for a year before finally coaching the Boston Celtics, and the rest speaks for itself...[[/note]], Celtics) and it does show since they were one of two former NBA teams to lose in the NBA Finals. After the Capitols lost Red as their head coach, they never were the same, as they kept losing and losing until the Capitols ended up folding with a record of 10-25. Also, they shouldn't be confused with the current hockey team that spells their name as "Capitals", nor should they be confused with the ABA team that abbreviated their name as "Caps". "Caps". [[/note]] * The '''Waterloo Hawks''' ('''1948-1951''') were the [[note]] The only sports franchise to ever hold a permanent home somewhere in Iowa[[note]]And before anyone asks, no, it isn't the same Waterloo that's famed for being Napoleon Bonaparte's downfall.[[/note]].Iowa. The original Hawks team started out as a more-or-less average team when they were in the NBL. When they moved to the NBA, however, they did a horrible job there. When the Hawks finally made it to the NPBL, they actually were a good team, setting out a 32-24 record. Unfortunately for the Hawks (as well as the Packers and the Red Skins), the NPBL failed without a champion truly being awarded, and the Hawks soon folded afterwards. afterwards.[[/note]]
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* The '''Los Angeles Clippers''' have been ridiculed as being the worst franchise in all American major sports. Born as the Buffalo Braves and later on, the San Diego Clippers, they're historically known as one of the league's [[ButtMonkey joke teams]], with arguably one of the worst owners in professional sports in Donald Sterling. After 33 years of existence, however, things are ''finally'' looking up for the Clippers as they won their first Division Championship in 2013. Once lacking in decent players, they also now boast a respectable squad spearheaded by phenom Blake Griffin, who in just three months during his rookie season became a superstar and a fan-favorite[[note]](even getting into the Rookie-Sophomore game ''and'' the All-Star game in the same year)[[/note]], and All-Star point guard Chris Paul. Moreover, a scandal where audio of racist comments made by Donald Sterling became public, the NBA forced a $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Micorsoft CEO Steve Balmer. Despite this huge reversal of fortune, the Clippers have yet to win a conference or a league title to this day. They are also the only team who shares their NBA home with another team, which makes matters worse since, even if the Clippers are the more dominant team of the two in the current era, the city of Los Angeles and the Staple Center will almost always be known for being home to...
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* The '''Los Angeles Clippers''' have been ridiculed as being the worst franchise in all American major sports. Born as the Buffalo Braves and later on, the San Diego Clippers, they're historically known as one of the league's [[ButtMonkey joke teams]], with arguably one of the worst owners in professional sports in Donald Sterling. After 33 years of existence, however, things are ''finally'' looking up for the Clippers as they won their first Division Championship in 2013. Once lacking in decent players, they also now boast a respectable squad spearheaded by phenom Blake Griffin, who in just three months during his rookie season became a superstar and a fan-favorite[[note]](even getting into the Rookie-Sophomore game ''and'' the All-Star game in the same year)[[/note]], and All-Star point guard Chris Paul. Moreover, a scandal where audio of racist comments made by Donald Sterling became public, the NBA forced a $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Micorsoft CEO Steve Balmer.Ballmer. Despite this huge reversal of fortune, the Clippers have yet to win a conference or a league title to this day. They are also the only team who shares their NBA home with another team, which makes matters worse since, even if the Clippers are the more dominant team of the two in the current era, the city of Los Angeles and the Staple Center will almost always be known for being home to...

* The '''Portland Trail Blazers''' date back to 1970 and are the former team of Clyde Drexler (made the Finals in 1990 and '92) and Bill Walton (who won their only championship in 1977). The Blazers are also unfortunately associated with not one but TWO drafts which they passed up picking a superstar in favor of a player whose career got cut short due to injuries, Sam Bowie over Micahel Jordan in 1984, and Greg Oden over Kevin Durant in 2007 [[note]]There were legitimate basketball reasons why Portland chose the way they did, but the rest of the NBA will [[NeverLiveItDown not let Portland ever forget]][[/note]]. In recent years, the Blazers have overcome setbacks after setbacks to try to stay competitive in the Western Conference.
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* The '''Portland Trail Blazers''' date back to 1970 and are the former team of Clyde Drexler (made the Finals in 1990 and '92) and Bill Walton (who won their only championship in 1977). The Blazers are also unfortunately associated with not one but TWO drafts which they passed up picking a superstar in favor of a player whose career got cut short due to injuries, Sam Bowie over Micahel Michael Jordan in 1984, and Greg Oden over Kevin Durant in 2007 [[note]]There were legitimate basketball reasons why Portland chose the way they did, but the rest of the NBA will [[NeverLiveItDown not let Portland ever forget]][[/note]]. In recent years, the Blazers have overcome setbacks after setbacks to try to stay competitive in the Western Conference.
22nd Jan '16 9:54:28 PM IlGreven
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* The '''Brooklyn Nets''' were formerly known as the New Jersey Nets [[note]]And before that the New York Nets, and before ''that'' the New Jersey Americans[[/note]]. They were one of four teams to merge into the NBA in the 70s from the merger with the rival ABA. In the Nets' ABA days, they were led by Dr J. himself, Julius Erving, and won two ABA Titles. Their years in the NBA, however, have not been as fruitful as the Nets have been mired in mediocrity throughout much of their history, with the only notable exception coming in the form of back to back trips to the NBA finals in 2002 and 2003 [[note]] The Nets lost both times, to the Lakers in 2002, and to the Spurs in 2003[[/note]]. In 2012, the Nets moved to Brooklyn to give the borough its first team since the Dodgers left for California in the 50s.
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* The '''Brooklyn Nets''' were formerly known as the New Jersey Nets [[note]]And before that the New York Nets, and before ''that'' the New Jersey Americans[[/note]]. They were one of four teams to merge into the NBA in the 70s from the merger with the rival ABA. In the Nets' ABA days, they were led by Dr J. himself, Julius Erving, and won two ABA Titles. Their years in the NBA, however, have not been as fruitful as the Nets have been mired in mediocrity throughout much of their history, with the only notable exception coming in the form of back to back trips to the NBA finals in 2002 and 2003 [[note]] The Nets lost both times, to the Lakers in 2002, and to the Spurs in 2003[[/note]]. In 2012, the Nets moved to Brooklyn to give the borough its first team since the Dodgers left for California in the 50s. [[note]]The NHL's New York Islanders would move into the same building a few years later.[[/note]]
20th Jan '16 11:39:35 PM dknights411
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* The '''Sacramento Kings''' last won a championship in 1951 and last made the playoffs in 2006. Bounced around from the NBL to the NBA from Rochester (as the Royals) to Cincinnati (also as the Royals) to Kansas City-Omaha to ''just'' Kansas City before settling in Sacramento in 1985. Sacramento's only major league sports team, their fanbase has been among the strongest in the league even during the franchise's lean years. This franchise is the ''third-oldest'' professional franchise in the NBA, behind only the Detroit Pistons and the Philadelphia 76ers, respectively, though their roots go even further back to the semi-pro Royals from the 1920s into WorldWarII. Their professional roots began in the ''1945-46'' season -- one year before the BAA/NBA began. During the early 2000s, the team was a perennial contender thanks to a strong starting five of Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Doug Christie, Peja Stojaković, and Mike Bibby, with energetic bench-player Bobby Jackson and the home-court advantage of its raucous crowd being just as vital. The team lost a heartbreaking seven-game Western Conference Finals to the Lakers in 2002, a series that was revealed to be corrupted by referee Tim Donaghy for gambling purposes, who swung the pivotal Game 6 in favor of Los Angeles via phantom foul calls that allowed the Lakers to win with a MiracleRally and eventually win the series. After the core of that team ended, the team has fallen into the bottom tier of the league. After many relocation rumors (helped by owners Maloof brothers being ditzes and their arena becoming worse with each year), going as far as a deal to move the team to Seattle, a local entrepreneur bought the Kings, and mayor Kevin Johnson's deal for a new arena went through. * The '''San Antonio Spurs''' are the former team of George Gervin and David Robinson. They're one of the more dominant teams of the 2000s; they've won 18 division titles, they've always made the playoffs since drafting Tim Duncan, and they've won five championships, including three in five years and the most recent, the 2013/14 title (but, strangely enough, never two titles in a row). Perpetually low-key, but exceptionally well-managed, the Spurs are one of the most stable teams in the league; they're perennial favorites each year, even though they tend to run under the radar compared to the flashier teams. You can thank [[BlueOni Tim Duncan]] for that, by the way, who was their first draft pick in 1997. Like the Indiana Pacers, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Denver Nuggets, they're one of four ABA teams to move to the NBA. Started out in the ABA as the Dallas Chaparrals and in one season, the Texas Chaparrals. The George Gervin and [[DoggedNiceGuy David Robinson]] eras were both sans-championship, until Duncan and Robinson were paired together as the "Twin Towers". Known for their numerous "steals" [[note]]picking a good or very good player waaaay below where someone who turned out that good should have been drafted in hindsight[[/note]] during the annual drafts: George Gervin at 40th pick, Tony Parker at 28th, and even Manu Ginóbili at 57th(!!). Notably, EIGHT (out of 29) other coaches in the 2012–13 season (Utah's Corbin, Brooklyn's Johnson, Clippers' Del Negro, Lakers' Brown, Orlando's Vaughn, New Orleans' Williams, Phoenix's Gentry, and Boston's Rivers) all either played for or became an assistant coach for the Spurs. Also notable is that the 2013–14 Spurs had ''seven''' different nationalities on their roster.[[note]]Argentina (Ginóbili), Australia (Aron Baynes and Patty Mills—the latter's actual given name is Patrick), Brazil (Tiago Splitter), Canada (Cory Joseph), France (Boris Diaw and Parker, plus Nando de Colo before he was traded to the Raptors in midseason), Italy (Marco Belinelli), and the USA. Adding more international flavor: Baynes was born in New Zealand, Parker was born in Belgium, Duncan is originally from the US Virgin Islands, and Matt Bonner, born and raised in the US, also holds a Canadian passport.[[/note]] Under [[TheChessmaster Coach Gregg Popovich]], they became famous for their style of play mostly based on teamwork : if you enjoy powerful dunks, one-on-ones or alley-oops, the Spurs are very BoringButPractical; but if you favor passes and movements, then they are closer to DifficultButAwesome. ** After getting riddled with injuries and having the Grizzlies knock them out of the 2011 playoffs in the first round, the Spurs came back with a vengeance through the 2012 season, finding their way into a 20-game winning streak (their last loss was at home against LA in April 11) that headed into the playoffs. The younger guns were shaping up to be fine players, Popovich deservedly won the Coach of the Year award, Ginobili came back from an injury, Duncan improved his play after losing weight, and Parker was establishing himself as a premier point guard. As the playoffs started, the Spurs swept their first two opponents, the Jazz and the Clippers, and took the first two games at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. With their old school, meticulously-executed fundamental basketball and excellent sharpshooting, the Spurs were the ''clear'' favorites to come out of the Western Conference... before losing the next four games, three on the road and one at home, to the Thunder, who switched from their isolation-style playing into a more team-oriented offense/defense. The Spurs would bounce back with a vengeance in the 2012-13 season, where despite finishing second in the West to the Thunder, they would go on to sweep the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers, defeat the Warriors in six games[[note]]the Spurs had never beaten the Warriors in a playoff series prior to this year[[/note]], and most of all, avenge their first round exit by sweeping the Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals, bringing them to their fifth Finals; which they unfortunately lost in Game 7 to the Miami Heat after coming very close to winning the championship in Game 6. *** This Game 6 loss to the Heat proved to be a blessing in disguise, as they stormed back next season to gain homecourt advantage through the playoffs, overcoming a determined Mavericks squad in 7 games, the youthful Blazers in 5, and the Thunder in 6 to schedule a [[HeroicRematch rematch]] with the Miami Heat... and they exorcised last year's Game 6 meltdown by taking 5 games to dismantle the Miami Heat in convincing and record-setting fashion, in the process posting the [[CurbStompBattle highest margin of victory in NBA Finals history]].
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* The '''Sacramento Kings''' last won a championship in 1951 and last made are the playoffs in 2006. Bounced around from journeyman franchise of the NBL NBA. Dating back to the NBA from Rochester (as in 1945, they became the Royals) to Cincinnati (also as Royals in 1957, the Royals) to Kansas City-Omaha to ''just'' Kansas City before settling City(-Omaha) Kings in 1972, and finally the Sacramento Kings in 1985. Sacramento's only major league sports team, 1985. Despite their fanbase has been among history, the strongest in the league even during the franchise's lean years. This franchise is the ''third-oldest'' professional franchise in the NBA, behind Kings only the Detroit Pistons and the Philadelphia 76ers, respectively, though their roots go even further back to the semi-pro Royals from the 1920s into WorldWarII. Their professional roots began in the ''1945-46'' season -- have one year before the BAA/NBA began. NBA title to its name, won in 1951. During the early 2000s, the team was a perennial contender thanks to a strong starting five of Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Doug Christie, Peja Stojaković, and Mike Bibby, with energetic bench-player Bobby Jackson and the home-court advantage of its raucous crowd being just as vital. The team lost a heartbreaking seven-game Western Conference Finals to the Lakers in 2002, a series crowd. Unfortunately, that was revealed to be corrupted by referee Tim Donaghy for gambling purposes, who swung the pivotal Game 6 in favor of Los Angeles via phantom foul calls that allowed the Lakers to win with a MiracleRally and eventually win the series. After the core of that team ended, players could never defeat the Shaq and Kobe Lakers and were never able to reach the NBA Finals. Since then, the team has fallen into the bottom tier of the league. After many relocation rumors (helped by owners Maloof brothers being ditzes and their arena becoming worse with each year), going as far as rumors, [[note]] Including a deal to move close call in 2013 where the team almost moved to Seattle, Seattle[[/note]], a local entrepreneur bought the Kings, and mayor Kevin Johnson's Sacramento was able to get a deal for in place to build a new arena went through. arena. * The '''San Antonio Spurs''' are arguably the former most consistent dominant team in NBA history. In the almost 40 years since entering the NBA from the ABA in 1976, they have won a total of 18 division titalsonly missed the playoffs ''four times''!!! While the Spurs saw moderate successes with George Gervin in the 80s and David Robinson. They're Robinson in the 90s, it was the arrival of Tim Duncan in 1997, alongside the arrivals of Tony Parker in 2001 and Manu Ginobili in 2002 and the coaching brilliance of Gregg Popovich, that propelled the Spurs into one of the more dominant teams of the 2000s; they've won 18 division titles, they've always made the playoffs since drafting Tim Duncan, and they've most premiere franchises in sports. The Spurs have won five championships, including three in five years and have consistently won 50 games or more year in and year out. The Spurs have seen soaring victories (Sean Elliott in 1999, and Robert Horry in 2005) and heart-wrenching losses (Derek Fisher in 2004 and Ray Allen in 2013). Interestingly, they are NOT among the NBA's most recent, the 2013/14 title (but, strangely enough, never two titles in a row). Perpetually low-key, but exceptionally well-managed, popular teams, with many labeling them "Boring", or "Old". No matter what, the Spurs are one of the most stable teams in the league; they're perennial favorites each year, even though they tend to run under the radar compared to the flashier teams. You can thank [[BlueOni Tim Duncan]] for that, by the way, who was their first draft pick in 1997. Like the Indiana Pacers, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Denver Nuggets, they're one of four ABA teams to move to the NBA. Started out in the ABA as the Dallas Chaparrals and in one season, the Texas Chaparrals. The George Gervin and [[DoggedNiceGuy David Robinson]] eras were both sans-championship, until Duncan and Robinson were paired together as the "Twin Towers". Known for their numerous "steals" [[note]]picking a good or very good player waaaay below where someone who turned out that good should have been drafted in hindsight[[/note]] during the annual drafts: George Gervin at 40th pick, Tony Parker at 28th, and even Manu Ginóbili at 57th(!!). Notably, EIGHT (out of 29) other coaches in the 2012–13 season (Utah's Corbin, Brooklyn's Johnson, Clippers' Del Negro, Lakers' Brown, Orlando's Vaughn, New Orleans' Williams, Phoenix's Gentry, and Boston's Rivers) all either played for or became an assistant coach for the Spurs. Also notable is that the 2013–14 Spurs had ''seven''' different nationalities just keep on their roster.[[note]]Argentina (Ginóbili), Australia (Aron Baynes and Patty Mills—the latter's actual given name is Patrick), Brazil (Tiago Splitter), Canada (Cory Joseph), France (Boris Diaw and Parker, plus Nando de Colo before he was traded to the Raptors in midseason), Italy (Marco Belinelli), and the USA. Adding more international flavor: Baynes was born in New Zealand, Parker was born in Belgium, Duncan is originally from the US Virgin Islands, and Matt Bonner, born and raised in the US, also holds a Canadian passport.[[/note]] Under [[TheChessmaster Coach Gregg Popovich]], they became famous for their style of play mostly based on teamwork : if you enjoy powerful dunks, one-on-ones or alley-oops, the Spurs are very BoringButPractical; but if you favor passes and movements, then they are closer to DifficultButAwesome. ** After getting riddled with injuries and having the Grizzlies knock them out of the 2011 playoffs in the first round, the Spurs came back with a vengeance through the 2012 season, finding their way into a 20-game winning streak (their last loss was at home against LA in April 11) that headed into the playoffs. The younger guns were shaping up to be fine players, Popovich deservedly won the Coach of the Year award, Ginobili came back from an injury, Duncan improved his play after losing weight, and Parker was establishing himself as a premier point guard. As the playoffs started, the Spurs swept their first two opponents, the Jazz and the Clippers, and took the first two games at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. With their old school, meticulously-executed fundamental basketball and excellent sharpshooting, the Spurs were the ''clear'' favorites to come out of the Western Conference... before losing the next four games, three on the road and one at home, to the Thunder, who switched from their isolation-style playing into a more team-oriented offense/defense. The Spurs would bounce back with a vengeance in the 2012-13 season, where despite finishing second in the West to the Thunder, they would go on to sweep the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers, defeat the Warriors in six games[[note]]the Spurs had never beaten the Warriors in a playoff series prior to this year[[/note]], and most of all, avenge their first round exit by sweeping the Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals, bringing them to their fifth Finals; which they unfortunately lost in Game 7 to the Miami Heat after coming very close to winning the championship in Game 6. *** This Game 6 loss to the Heat proved to be a blessing in disguise, as they stormed back next season to gain homecourt advantage through the playoffs, overcoming a determined Mavericks squad in 7 games, the youthful Blazers in 5, and the Thunder in 6 to schedule a [[HeroicRematch rematch]] with the Miami Heat... and they exorcised last year's Game 6 meltdown by taking 5 games to dismantle the Miami Heat in convincing and record-setting fashion, in the process posting the [[CurbStompBattle highest margin of victory in NBA Finals history]].winning.
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