Since Washington won its only championship on tape-delayed broadcasts in 1978, the franchise veered from the look of that era as much as NBA shorts and offenses.
In location, Washington moved from a suburb to the district.
In name, the franchise changed from Bullets to Wizards.
In success, it has not posted a 50-win season since 1979.
The latter could change for Washington this season, thanks to recent changes in a star backcourt’s chemistry, coaching and depth.
A year after coming up short of the playoffs, the Wizards are jockeying for a high playoff seeding. Washington could land from No. 2 to No. 4 for the Eastern Conference playoffs in a season that the...