Best Pro Basketball History to Learn

The 1970s Bullets
If you really want to feel bad about where the local NBA franchise is right now, go back and read about where the squad was in the 1970s. In the NBA finals, pretty likely. Abe Pollin’s teams, then known as the Bullets, made the NBA Finals four times in the Me Decade. No other squad in the league could claim that. To put this into perspective: Only the Lakers, Celtics, Spurs, and Bulls have made the NBA Finals more than the Bullets in the last 40 years. And, of course, the Bullets won it all in 1978, propelled by Nils Lofgren’s “Bullets Fever,” the greatest theme song this sports town has ever known. Good God, those were the days. Pollin was branded a loser for the last few decades of his life, and he died with his team in last place, having won fewer playoff series in the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s and ’10s combined than it did in 1978 and 1979. But he was still playing with house money.