Then came Hayes' long-awaited triumph of last June. His elation was unbounded, and despite the press criticism, Hayes' good relationship with the Washington fans never deteriorated. During playoff games at Capital Centre last spring, they held up thousands of white cards containing a single block letter and screamed "EEEEEEE!!!" loud enough to topple the Washington Monument. During the Bullets' victory parade, no one drew more adoration than Hayes.
Now, stretched out in his den, getting ready to start from scratch again, Hayes smiles and says, "You know, winning that championship was a very happy moment in my life. That night after the final game in Seattle I felt tremendous joy and happiness. I was all by myself in my hotel room, all high, couldn't sleep—oh, just happy. Then we got back to Washington and it was just out of sight. I still remember the joy of winning that championship but I don't feel it anymore. That joy was only for a little while...."