Posted October 06, 2018 07:27:10A few years ago, the Washington Wizards were just one of many NBA teams who lost a game to the Brooklyn Nets in the playoffs.
The Wizards were one of just four teams to lose to the Nets that season, and that’s when the team lost their playoff game in Brooklyn.
The story of the franchise and its journey has become a familiar one.
Since the 1990s, the Wizards have won the Eastern Conference and the NBA’s most coveted title.
In the playoffs, the team has been a favorite to win back-to-back titles.
They have reached the Eastern Final six times and have reached four consecutive NBA Finals, including the 2013-14 championship.
But there’s one aspect of their franchise that’s never been a part of the conversation: the loss of superstar Kevin Garnett.
For many, it’s a personal story.
But for many others, it also is a story about a franchise that has lost so many great players to other franchises.
After the team made the finals of the 2007-08 season, they lost Garnett, the NBA MVP.
But then, after winning a second consecutive title, they were given a chance to return to the playoffs by the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics won the NBA title that year and the Wizards were given another shot at the title.
But after losing Garnett in the third round of the 2008 NBA Playoffs, the New York Knicks won the championship in 2009.
After losing Garnet again in the first round of 2010, the Philadelphia 76ers won the title that season.
After losing Garners in the 2013 Finals, the Atlanta Hawks won the franchise’s second title in four years.
After winning Garners three championships in four seasons, the San Antonio Spurs won the league’s fourth title in five seasons.
After Garners four championship-winning seasons in six seasons, LeBron James took the crown in 2016.
After a disappointing 2016-17 season, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the Finals.
After winning the NBA championship in 2017, the Golden State Warriors won the next three titles.
After three consecutive championships and five consecutive Finals appearances, the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2017.
After being the favorite for the 2017 NBA Championship, the Los Angeles Lakers won the 2017-18 NBA Championship.
After missing the playoffs for two straight seasons and losing a playoff game to one of the teams ahead of them in the standings, the Houston Rockets won the season series with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2018.
After an impressive run to the Eastern Finals, Kobe Bryant retired from basketball in 2020.
The next season, Kevin Durant left for the Golden States Warriors.
After four straight championships and seven straight Finals appearances and one trip to the Western Conference Final, the Dallas Mavericks won the Western conference in 2021.
After LeBron James left the Cleveland Browns for the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2021, the Rockets won three titles in four and five in a row.
After coming within one game of winning a franchise-record five championships, the Memphis Grizzlies won four consecutive titles from 2018-19.
After finishing the season in the top five in the NBA in three different statistical categories, the Denver Nuggets won the playoffs in 2019.
After beating the Miami Heat in the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals, it was the best-of-seven series.
After the Cavs and Raptors were tied with seven games each in the series, the Warriors were one game behind them.
After ending the regular season with the most wins in the history of the league, the Oklahoma Warriors beat the San Francisco Warriors in Game 6.
After beating the Cleveland Cavs in the finals, it took the Spurs four games to defeat the Cavaliers in the next round.
After defeating the Philadelphia Warriors in the 2015 Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Cavaliers went on to win the NBA Championship in 2016-19 and the 2017 Finals.
After upsetting the San Jose Sharks in the 2014 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Detroit Pistons won the conference finals.
After coming back from a 1-2 series deficit in the second round, the Toronto Raptors beat the New Jersey Nets.
After making it to the conference final in 2013-2014, the Chicago Bulls won the Bulls title in 2014-15.
After going undefeated during the regular-season and playoff series, James Harden won the 2016-23 NBA Championship with the Houston Astros.
After a tough series against the Cleveland Trail Blazers in the 2016 Western Conference Finals with the Golden Cavaliers, the Thunder defeated the Los Galaxy in the Finals in 2017-2018.
After James Harden took the NBA Offensive Player of the Year award for the first time in 2016, the Utah Jazz won the West.
After James Harden became the first player to win three NBA titles in a four-year span, the Minnesota Timberwolves won the first-ever conference championship in 2019-20.
After leading the NBA with a triple-double for the fourth straight year, the Brooklyn Giants won the World Series in 2019 with a record of 116-65.
After getting off to a rough start in the regular