In actuality, the Sixers went “Fo’ Five Fo’,” a phrase engraved on their championship rings, losing only Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals to Milwaukee.
After the Sixers lost in six games to the Lakers in 1982, Philadelphia owner Harold Katz reacted by losing patience with center Darryl Dawkins and trading him.
It’s nothing new in the NBA, or professional sports, to experience complaints about unfairness and competitive disadvantages.
The Malone deal made the Sixers the 1982-83 championship favorite, but there was little premature dynasty talk.
That has become the popular thing to do.