The Washington Wizards succeeded by any realistic measure this year. But what's next for the Washington Wizards, and was this season smoke and mirrors?
For Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks, first round playoff exits deem entire seasons failures. Such was the case in 2004 when Don Nelson’s last team was ousted by the Sacramento Kings in five games. The dominant 2007 Mavs will be remembered forever, but on the wrong side of history: they fell after six dramatic games to the eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors. And the 2008 and 2010 squads suffered similar fates, as high aspirations led to new questions and offseason changes after they were easily ousted in late April.
Recent Rockets history isn't that great when the team wins 54+ games, and 2014 was no exception. Today we remember the Houston Rockets.
After another early playoff exit -- what does the Hawk say?
Impatience, not injuries, doomed the Denver Nuggets
The Charlotte Bobcats' season might be over, but unlike the last time they made the playoffs, there's hope moving forward.
The New Orleans Pelicans made a big decision on draft night last summer. Packaging their lottery pick (or Nerlens Noel, as it turned out to be) in a deal for All-Star Jrue Holiday set them on a fast rebuilding track, one quite different from the likes of the 76ers, Bucks and Jazz.
Jack Ramsay could drop a plumb-line down through the noise and intricacies of an NBA game and connect with the beauty and poetry of it in a clear, authentic way.
The Timberwolves may not have returned to the promised land this season, but we still remember them fondly nonetheless.
We say goodbye to the Philadelphia 76ers, the team that tanked its hardest, but at least had some fun along the way.