1953-54 Minneapolis Lakers: Capped off three straight championships but were unable to defend their title the following season after George Mikan gave up half the team as known Communists during a Congressional hearing.
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1964-65 Boston Celtics: The height of the ’60s Celtics dynasty was even more impressive considering Red Auerbach worked double duty as the first-ever coach-mascot.
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1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers: Considered one of the greatest offensive teams of all-time, the 76ers took off after a new coaching staff made the shrewd tactical decision for Wilt Chamberlain to be much taller and better than everyone they played against.
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1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks: Despite the addition of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar the next year, the Bucks were never able to overcome the departure of league MVP Lew Alcindor and this remains their most recent title to date.
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1972-73 New York Knicks: Featuring Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere, and an aging but still effective Willis Reed, the fictional ’73 NBA Champions are nothing more than a collective historic hallucination, invented by struggling Knicks fans to cope with the team’s never-ending futility.
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1985-86 Boston Celtics: A dominating 67-win season helped the notoriously anti-white city of Boston finally accept Larry Bird and Kevin McHale.
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1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers: Won 65 games and dispatched the rival Celtics in the finals, fulfilling their famous promise to win a title for a young fan who was killed in preseason no-look pass disaster.
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1988-89 Detroit Pistons: The combative, give-no-shits “Bad Boys” lived up to their name by striking a midseason deal to move much of the automotive industry to non-union southern and overseas plants, economically devastating the region.
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1995-96 Chicago Bulls: While the Bulls cruised to a record 72-regular season wins and a championship, they remain widely criticized for never defeating Michael Jordan in a playoff series.
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2005-06 Seattle SuperSonics: Despite a 35–47 record, advanced analytics suggests this is the best season in modern NBA history.
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2013-14 San Antonio Spurs: Unselfish team that would sometimes pass the ball six or seven times in possession before gently placing it on the floor and walking back on defense, having proven their point.
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2016-17 Golden State Warriors: Kevin Durant played his career-best basketball during the Finals after Steve Kerr told him the Cavs had a parade last year and didn’t invite him.
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