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Which NBA teams have never been champions?



NBA Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy and Case. Photo: Louis Vuitton

The teams that never won the NBA.

While Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics they managed to win the title of NBA champions seventeen times eachthere are 11 other franchises in the league that still don’t know the feeling of being the best in a season.

let’s see who they are the 11 teams that have not yet been crowned champions and what was his best result to date.

MORE | Who were all the championship teams in NBA history?

*The Sacramento Kings are credited with the title of their predecessor the Rochester Royals in 1951, the Oklahoma City Thunder with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979, and the Atlanta Hawks with the St. Louis Hawks in 1958.

Phoenix Sans


The Suns, in the NBA since 1968-69, reached the NBA Finals twice but lost both times: falling in the 1976 Finals against the Boston Celtics 4-2 and in the 1993 Finals against the Chicago Bulls with the same result. . In addition, they reached the Western Conference Finals on seven other occasions.

Utah Jazz


The Utah Jazz (formed in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz) are the other Western Conference team that has played in two Finals but failed to win a championship: in both 1997 and 1998 they lost to the Chicago Bulls of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. , both times 4-2. In addition, on three other occasions during the John Stockton and Karl Malone era they played in the Western Conference finals, which they returned to for the last time in the 2006-2007 season with a banner Deron Williams.

Orlando Magic

Shaquille O'Neal, Anfernee Hardaway

The Orlando Magic are one of the newest franchises in the league, emerging in the 1989-1990 season and quickly building their way to a Finals appearance. In the 1994-1995 season, with the memorable team of Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway, they lost 4-0 to the Houston Rockets. In 2009, he was returned to the Finals by Dwight Howard, but lost 4-1 to the Los Angeles Lakers, so they remain without rings. They also lost in the East finals in 1996 and 2010.

brooklyn nets

Jason Kidd Vince Carter

Before moving to Brooklyn in 2012, the Nets had been in New Jersey since 1977, after making the jump from the ABA to the NBA (in 1976, still in New York). And in this situation they reached two NBA Finals in a row, albeit without the best result: led by Jason Kidd, before joining him with Vince Carter, they lost 4-0 to the Los Angeles Lakers and 4-2 to the Suns Antonio Spurs. . It is interesting neither before nor after qualifying for the Eastern finals.

Indiana Pacers

Reggie Miller Kobe Bryant

The other team that wasn’t a champion but at least made it to the NBA Finals is the Indiana Pacers. Another franchise that also entered the ABA in 1976 as the Nets, the Pacers lost the 2000 Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers 4-2, with Reggie Miller still active. They’ve been cheerleaders for the East quite a few times, going to the Conference Finals eight times, but they still haven’t brought Larry O’Brien to the streets of Indianapolis.

Charlotte Hornets

Larry Johnson Mugsy Boggs Alonzo Lament

The Charlotte Hornets, formed in 1988, are one of six franchises that have never appeared in the NBA Finals. He was inactive between 2002 and 2004 and since his return (for a few years as the Bobcats) has not won a playoff series, although before that they had reached the second round of the East four times, making the seventh game in 2001.

Denver Nuggets


Like the Nets and Pacers, the Denver Nuggets entered the ABA in 1976. And after a long run that included West Finals losses in 1978, 1985, 2009 and 2020, all to the Los Angeles Lakers , achieved their goals in 2023. first NBA Finals. In the aforementioned ABA he was runner-up in the 1975-1976 campaign (losing to the New York Nets).

Los Angeles Clippers

George Leonard

Unlike their Lakers neighbors, history has not been kind to the Clippers. They entered the NBA as the Buffalo Braves, then were the San Diego Clippers, and in 1984 moved to Los Angeles, but never played in a championship finals in any of those three folds. The most they reached was eight conference semifinals, like those in 2020.

Memphis Grizzlies

Mike Conley Pau Gasol Rudy Gay Memphis

Reaching the championship in the 1995-1996 season as the Vancouver Grizzlies and moving to Memphis in 2001, the Tennessees have yet to make it through the entire tough West in the Playoffs to be able to play in the League Finals. It wasn’t until 2013 that they made the Conference Finals, but lost 4-0 to the San Antonio Spurs.

Minnesota Timberwolves


Another of the franchises that was created in the late eighties, more specifically in 1989, the Minnesota Timberwolves also do not know what it is to be on the biggest stage of the NBA. In fact, only one year have they been able to advance past the first round of the Playoffs: 2004, when MVP Kevin Garnett reached the Western Conference Finals, losing 4-2 to the Los Angeles Lakers.

New Orleans Pelicans

Chris Paul New Orleans

It is the last franchise to appear in the NBA: it was in 2002 as the New Orleans Hornets and in 2013 they changed their name to the Pelicans, but they barely won two Playoff series in all that time: a first round against the Dallas Mavericks. in 2008 and another against the Portland Trail Blazers in 2018. It also makes sense on the franchise club that has never reached the Finals.

The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the NBA or its organizations.

Source: Sporting News


Suns hire Frank Vogel: why is Phoenix picking former Los Angeles Lakers coach?



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Phoenix Sans seems to have made a decision on who will replace Monty Williams.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPNthe Sans plan hire Frank Vogel to be their next coach. Both sides are said to be working on a “long-term deal”.

Vogel will take over a Suns team that hopes to contend for a championship in the coming years.. Since reaching the NBA Finals in 2020, they have won 64 games in the league in 2021-2022 and made a major trade for Kevin Durant in 2022-2023. Phoenix fell short in the 2023 NBA playoffs, losing to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals.

Is Vogel the right coach to help the Phoenix Suns out of the playoffs?

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Why did the Phoenix Suns choose Frank Fogel as their new coach?

The hiring of Frank Vogel will bring a lot of experience to Phoenix.

Fogel began his coaching career with the Pacers. Although these teams never reached the Finals, they were very successful, earning four consecutive playoff berths between 2010 and 2014, two of which resulted in appearances in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Most recently, Vogel spent three seasons coaching the Lakers. He led the franchise to the championship in 2020.

Vogel has an excellent track record of building elite defenses. The Suns were one of the best defensive teams in the league this season, but fell apart on that end of the floor in the playoffs. Vogel also has experience as an all-star coach. Paul George and Roy Hibbert became All-Stars with Vogel in Indiana and he coached LeBron James and Anthony Davis in Los Angeles.

That experience will come in handy as Vogel takes over a Suns team led by Devin Booker and Kevin Durant and boasts a former All-Star in Chris Paul and one of the best young pivots in the league in Deandre. Ayton.

Frank Vogel’s track record as an NBA coach

Frank Vogel has a 431-389 regular season record and a 49-39 playoff record.

Time Equipment Regular phase recording playoff record
2010-2011 pacemakers 20-18 1-4
2011-2012 pacemakers 42-24 6-5
2012-2013 pacemakers 49-32 11-8
2013-2014 pacemakers 56-26 10-9
2014-2015 pacemakers 38-44
2015-2016 pacemakers 45-37 3-4
2016-2017 magic 29-53
2017-2018 magic 25-57
2019-2020 Lakers 52-19 16-5
2020-2021 Lakers 42-30 2-4
2021-2022 Lakers 33-49

Frank Vogel’s contract details

According to Shams Charania of The Athleticthe Suns and Vogel complete a contractual agreement for $31 million over five seasons in the franchise.

Earlier in the week, word broke that Vogel’s predecessor in Phoenix, Monty Williams, had signed a record six-year, $78.5 million contract with the Detroit Pistons.

The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the NBA or its organizations.

Source: Sporting News

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Heat hopes Hiro will compete with Nuggets in Game 2 of the NBA Finals




Tyler Hero tried the Nuggets ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals and the Heat are hoping he finally gets game time in Game 2 rather than Game 3 as originally planned.

Tyler Hero is the Heat’s big miss of this year’s playoffs, having sustained a fracture in the first-round series against the Bucks despite Miami making it to the NBA Finals without him. However, Erik Spoelstra’s team need him and could have him available a little sooner than expected

Originally, Miami was slated to win Game 3 of the Finals, but things took a turn for the worse in Hiro after the gifted goalscorer tried his hand at Denver ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals (a 104-93 Nuggets win).

Since Hiro appeared to be in good shape, hopes automatically grew that the 23-year-old guard would play in Game 2, with Miami even leaving that possibility open.

This season, in 35 minutes of the regular season, Hiro averaged 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in 37.8% 3-point games.

Think about the violation of heat protection:

Source: sport 24

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Monty Williams, the other… Rick Pitino




The Pistons gold-plated their new coach and Vassilis Skoundis opens up the NBA’s bank accounts!

I don’t know if inflation in the United States is under control or galloping…

Also, I don’t know if Monty Williams was one of the Pistons’ options for their widower’s bench…

But I know that the so-called coach is a very good coach and after a few conversations with him I realized that he also has a very special culture.

Yesterday I found out that this culture is expensive, $13,000,000 a year to be exact.

money is there“, as a soul said to us!

There’s money (apparently) in Motown too, congratulations to the car companies!

In the meantime, now that I think about it better, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Pistons wronged the former Pelicans and Suns coach!

Malkovich’s a dime

Yes, they wronged him, because normally, and following the logic of Bozidar Malković, who proclaimed for thirty years that “The coach should earn at least a penny more than the highest-paid player on the team.Normally they would have to give Williams a yearly contract for $19,550,001.

Why so many?

But surpassing Bojan Bogdanovic’s 19,550,000 by a dime!

At least Williams will raise more money than Marvin Bagley (12,500,000) and Cade Cunningham (10,552,800), so he has some comfort.

There is money, and in fact there is a lot of it, as Spyros Kalogirou replied to Nikos Kourkoulos in the classic scene from the film “Lola”!

Of course almost half of this money is taken by the IRS, after all the Americans say (and here in Greece I heard this saying from the mouth of Nikos Galis: “The only certainty in life is that you will pay taxes and die»!

He also surpassed Szyzewski

Monty Williams has signed a six-year contract that will bring him $78,500,000 before taxes, making history as the highest-paid manager of all time!

In terms of annual earnings, he is trailed by Gregg Popovich (11,500,000), Steve Kerr (9,500,000), Erik Spoelstra (8,500,000) and Rick Carlisle (7,200,000), but he had them all, Mike Szyzewski last year eaten cabbage!

In his penultimate season on the Duke bench (2020–21), the five-time NCAA champion had an annual salary of $12,500,000, followed by Kansas’ Bill Self with $10,200,000.

Jordan is three and 30

I’m sorting this all out and bringing up the issue of inflation again if I could only find a comparison to what happened some thirty years ago…

Of course, the facts were different then and that’s only proven by the fact that Michael Jordan’s annual contract with the Bulls in 1996 was only three…two million dollars, but he made another thirty or so!

“Midas” Rick Pitino

A year later, Rick Pitino seemed to blow the bank!

I mean it because when the future Panathinaikos and national team coach took over as technical director of the Celtics on May 7, 1997, he became Midas on the bench!

Pitino then left Kentucky to sign a ten-year, $70,000,000 contract that made him the highest paid coach of any sport of all time and the world!!!

The Celtics’ offer far outstripped that of the Nets, who offered him $28,000,000 over five years, and of course he didn’t take the Bostonians’ gauntlet to succeed Em El-Karr, after one disappointing season they ended up in a terrible 15-67 year record!

Of course, everything that starts well ends in pain!

The broken heart and the damaged psyche

The calendar pointed to Saturday January 6, 2001 as the Celtics They suffered a heavy loss (22nd in 34 games this season) 112-86 to the Heat in Miami and when the game was over they made their way back to Boston…

Rick gave up emotionally and with tears in his eyes in the locker room. “You know my heart breaks but I have no choicehe said and walked in an unknown direction.

He later revealed that he had locked himself away in his Miami home to pursue a solitary “soul quest”: an introspection to mend his damaged psyche…

Then the reactions were different: Paul Pierce cried, Antoine Walker celebrated, Celtics stock rose 11.3% and Pitino gave up the mythical ten-year $70,000,000 contract the Celtics had laid at his feet to leave Kentucky…

The wounds that won’t heal

Four years ago, when we started a conversation about this painful story, I had the feeling that his wounds from this villain had not yet healed…

You will never healHe said bluntly to me one night in a restaurant. “Then everything went wrong… I didn’t get the championship I gave to Bill Russell before he died. I realized that you can’t be manager and president at the same time, and I threw a ton of money on the street»!

Here are the consequences in this case …

Russell happily accepted the championship Pitino promised him from Doc Rivers in 2008.

In 2021, Brad Sevens left the bank to become president in Danny Ainge’s place, realizing that no two watermelons fit in the same armpit, so neither daddy-daddy nor couple-couple.

The money Pitino threw away he found in Louisville, which also gilded him by offering him, a product of the time, a contract similar to that of the Celtics!

Nowadays there is either inflation or money is… possessive, all paper is collected by Monty Williams…

Well done coaches!

Source: sport 24

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