Los Angeles Lakers, 1987-88
( NBA / October 22, 2013 )
Bid for the 3-peat: Prior to the season, then-Lakers coach Pat Riley registered the trademark "Three-peat" under U.S. Registration Number 1552980. But with Detroit bringing a stifling brand of defense to the league, the Lakers were unable to send Kareem Abdul-Jabbar into retirement with a title, despite sweeping through the first three rounds of the playoffs. An injury that kept Byron Scott out of the Finals and limited Magic Johnson in the series ultimately proved to be too much.