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The Pittsburgh Pipers were a professional basketball team in the original American Basketball Association. The team played their home games in what is now the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They began when the ABA did in 1967 and won the league's first championship at the end of the 1967-68 season. They shared the Arena with the expansion National Hockey League team, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
However, the Pipers were less successful at the gate than they were on the court, and after their first season they were relocated to Minnesota to play as the Minnesota Pipers. The team was not financially successful there, either, and returned to Pittsburgh after one season in Minnesota, albeit with almost none of their former success. For the first season back in Pittsburgh the team retained the "Pipers" nickname. However, the team failed to achieve any further on-court success, and after a struggling third season overall, decided that a name change was in order. The new name chosen was "Condors", and it competed under this name for two additional seasons (1970-71 and 1971-72) before folding entirely without ever returning to the championship level achieved the first year as the "Pipers."
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