Bullets' 1978 Championship Trophy Sat in an Employee's Closet for Years

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Bullets' 1978 Championship Trophy Sat in an Employee's Closet for Years

It seems sort of hard to believe, given how unsuccessful the Washington Wizards franchise has been for years — 23 losing seasons and just one trip past the first round of the playoffs in 30 years — but once upon a time, the then-Bullets ranked among the NBA's premier organizations. They made the playoffs for 12 straight years between 1968 and 1980, bulling to the NBA Finals four times behind stars Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes, Phil Chenier and Bobby Dandridge. In 1977-78, coach Dick Motta made “the opera ain't over until the fat lady sings” his team's rallying cry and the Bullets lived by its precepts to the season's end, coming back from 3-2 down to the Seattle SuperSonics to win Games 6 and 7 and earn the franchise's first (and only) NBA title.

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