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Pre-Washington Wizards: The Chicago Zephyrs

Chicago Zephyrs Don Nelson and Jeff Slade

Credit: Sports Memorabilia

Before being known as the Washington Wizards, for a season (1962-63), the team was known as the Chicago Zephyrs. In the season before, the Zephyrs were known as the Chicago Packers as a tribute to Chicago's meatpacking industry, but fans did not like the name because it was similar to the Chicago Bears' rivals, the Green Bay Packers.