Sunday, January 11, 2015

Those Horrible 1970s NBA finals

The NBA pretty much reached bottom in 1979, and one reason was a succession of terrible NBA finals that started in 1971. You had the Washington/Baltimore Bullets showing up in four of them and losing 3. You had mediocre teams like the Phoenix Suns (1976), Portland Trailblazers (1977), SF Warriors (1975), Seattle Supersonics (1977 and 1978) and the Philadelphia 76ers (1977). And if that wasn't bad enough, you had the incredibly boring Milwaukee Bucks (1971 and 1976) headed by old Goggle-head himself, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

If it wasn't for the NY Knicks and Lakers, the entire Nine year period of NBA finals would have been a complete disaster. And yet even the 1972 and 1973 Laker-Knicks series weren't that exciting with each team winning a Championship in five games.

But getting back to the Bullets. Has there ever been a more boring, mediocre team that went to 4 finals in nine years? Of course they lost 3 of them by a combined total of 12 games to one. They had the Big E, Elvin Hayes, and Wes Unseld and who else? Even their regular season record was mediocre. Their regular winning percentage combined for the 4 years they went to the finals? 59%. Wow! In 1971 and 1978 they didn't even win 50 regular season games! Yet they were in the finals.

So whenever anyone talks about how bad the NBA is now, just remember the 1979 Washington Bullets, we cam never go back there again.

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