5. The 2004 Desperation Dream Team Loses to the Pistons in the Finals
In what's been called the biggest NBA Finals upset in NBA history, the Detroit Pistons knocked the life out of the 2004 Lakers, taking the series 4-1. With an average margin of victory greater than 10 points, the whooping triggered a domino effect of offseason personnel decision, which included trading Shaq and showing legendary coach Phil Jackson the door. The series was especially painful for team add-ons Karl Malone and Gary Payton who, in the twilight of their careers, signed with the juggernaut to grab a ring on their way out the door. Payton eventually won a championship in 2006 with the Heat, but it'll take one hell of a shameless, pathetic comeback for Malone to get his.