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2007-08 Washington Wizards season
Washington Wizards
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Southeast Division
Founded 1961
History Chicago Packers
1961-1962
Chicago Zephyrs
1962-1963
Baltimore Bullets
1963-1972
Capital Bullets
1973-1974
Washington Bullets
1974-1997
Washington Wizards
1997-present
Arena Verizon Center aka "The Phone Booth"
City Washington, D.C.
Team colors blue, black, gold
Owner Abe Pollin
General manager Ernie Grunfeld
Head coach Eddie Jordan
D-League affiliate Dakota Wizards
Championships 1 (1978)
Conference titles 4 (1971, 1975, 1978, 1979)
Division titles 7 (1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979)
Official website washingtonwizards.com

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Franchise history

The early years

The team now known as the Wizards began play as the Chicago Packers in the 1961-62 season. The next season, they changed their name to the Zephyrs. In 1963 the franchise moved to Baltimore, Maryland and became the Baltimore Bullets (no relation to the 1940s-50s Bullets franchise). In their first year in Baltimore, the Bullets finished 4th in a 5-team Western Division. For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... The 1961-62 NBA Season was the 16th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Baltimore redirects here. ... The Baltimore Bullets were a National Basketball Association team based in Baltimore, Maryland. ...


Prior to the 1964-65 NBA season the Bullets pulled off a blockbuster trade, sending Terry Dischinger, Rod Thorn and Don Kojis to the Detroit Pistons for Bailey Howell, Don Ohl, Bob Ferry and Wali Jones. The trade worked out well; Howell proved to be a hustling, fundamentally sound player who helped the Bullets get into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. In the 1965 NBA Playoffs, the Bullets stunned the St. Louis Hawks 3-1, and advanced to the Western Conference Finals. In the finals, Baltimore managed to split the first four games with the Los Angeles Lakers before losing the series 4-2. The 1964-65 NBA Season was the 19th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Terry Gilbert Dischinger (born November 14, 1940 in Terre Haute, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. Dischinger was made the first pick of the second round of the NBA Draft in 1962 out of Purdue University by the Chicago Zephyrs. ... Rodney King Rod Thorn (born May 23, 1941 in Princeton, West Virginia) is the president and general manager of the NBAs New Jersey Nets. ... Don Kojis (born) went to Marquette University and was drafted by the Chicago Bulls. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... Bailey E. Howell (born January 20, 1937 in Middleton, Tennessee) is a former professional basketball player. ... Donald Jay Ohl (born April 18, 1936 in Murphysboro, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player who spent ten seasons (1960–1970) in the NBA. A 63 guard from Edwardsville High School and the University of Illinois, Ohl played for the Detroit Pistons, Baltimore Bullets, and St. ... Robert Dean Ferry (born May 31, 1937 in St. ... Walter Wali Jones (born February 14, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former pro basketball player. ... The 1965 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1964-1965 season. ... The Atlanta Hawks are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


The late 1960s and 1970s

Bullets logo when based in Baltimore

In the late 1960s, the Bullets drafted two future Hall of Famers,: Earl Monroe, 1967 draft, #2 overall and Wes Unseld, 1968 draft, #2 overall. The team improved dramatically, from 36 wins the previous season to 57 in the 1968-69 season, and Unseld received both the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards. The Bullets reached the playoffs with high expectations to go further, but they were eliminated by the New York Knicks in the first round. The next season the two teams met again in the first round, and although this one went to 7 games, the Knicks emerged victorious again. Image File history File links BaltimoreBullets. ... Image File history File links BaltimoreBullets. ... Vernon Earl Monroe (born on November 21, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional basketball player known for his flamboyant dribbling, passing and play-making. ... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ... The 1968-69 NBA Season was the 23rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Knicks redirects here. ...


In the 1970-71 season, the 42-40 Bullets again met the Knicks, this time though in the Eastern Conference Finals. With the Knicks team captain Willis Reed injured in the finals, the injury-free Bullets took advantage of his absence, and in Game 7 at New York's Madison Square Garden, the Bullets' Gus Johnson made a critical basket late in the game to lift the Bullets over the Knicks 93-91 and advance to their first NBA Finals in franchise history. They were swept in four games by the powerful Milwaukee Bucks. The 1970-71 NBA Season was the 25th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Willis Reed Jr. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ... Gus Honeycomb Johnson (December 13, 1938–April 29, 1987) was a professional basketball player who played nine seasons with the NBAs Baltimore Bullets and one year with the ABAs Indiana Pacers. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ...


Even after Monroe was traded (to the Knicks), the Bullets remained a playoff contender throughout the 1970s. Following a less than spectacular 1971-72 NBA season, the Bullets improved dramatically by acquiring Elvin Hayes from the Houston Rockets and drafting Kevin Porter. After a slow start the Bullets began to make their charge in December, posting a 10-4 record on the way to capturing the Central Division title for the 3rd straight year. The Bullets would again face the Knicks in the 1973 NBA Playoffs, losing for the fourth time in five series against New York. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1971-72 NBA Season was the 26th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Kevin Porter (born April 17, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player. ... The 1973 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1972-1973 season. ...


In 1973, the team moved to Landover, Maryland and became the Capital Bullets; they changed their name to the Washington Bullets the following season. For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Landover is an area of Prince Georges County in the State of Maryland in the United States of America. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ...


During November 1973, while waiting for the completion of their new arena in Landover, the Bullets played their home games at Cole Field House on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park. The Capital Centre (later known as the USAir/US Airways Arena) opened on December 2, 1973, with the Bullets defeating the SuperSonics. Through the mid-1990s, the Bullets still played a few games per season in Baltimore. For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Cole Field House was the home of the University of Maryland basketball teams from 1955 to 2002. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... College Park is a city in Prince Georges County, Maryland, USA, United States. ... The Capital Centre (also briefly known as US Airways Arena and also known as the USAir Arena) was an indoor arena located in Landover, Maryland; a suburb of Washington, DC. Completed in 1973, the arena sat 18,756 for basketball and 18,130 for hockey. ... US Airways is a low-cost carrier[2][3] owned by US Airways Group, Inc. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... The Seattle SuperSonics (also called the Seattle Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Baltimore redirects here. ...


The 60-22 Bullets made it back to the 1975 NBA Playoffs. That year Washington posted a 36-5 home record at the Capital Centre. In the first round of the playoffs, they survived a 7-game series against the Buffalo Braves as both teams won all of their games at home. In the Eastern Conference Finals, they beat the defending NBA Champion Boston Celtics in 6 games to advance to the NBA Finals. The Bullets were favorites to win the NBA Championship, but were shockingly swept by the Rick Barry-led Golden State Warriors in 4 games. They lost game 4 at the Capital Centre. The 1975 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1974-1975 season. ... The Los Angeles Clippers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... Richard (Rick) Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944, in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ...


The loss at the NBA Finals lingered into the 1975-76 NBA season as they won 12 fewer games than last year, and in the playoffs they were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 7 games. After the season the Bullets fired head coach K.C. Jones, despite having a career 62% winning percentage as the Bullets head coach. The 1975-76 NBA Season was the 30th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... K.C. Jones (born May 25, 1932 in Taylor, Texas) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ...


In the 1976-77 NBA season under new head coach Dick Motta, the Bullets would again fall short of the Central Division title for the second straight year. Elvin Hayes finished 6th in the league in rebounds with 12.5 rebounds per game. After opening the 1977 NBA Playoffs with a 3-game series victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Bullets took a 2-1 series lead in the second round of against the Houston Rockets. With a chance to take a 3-1 series lead at home, the Bullets would lose 107-103 as the Rockets went on take the series in 6 games. The 1976-77 NBA Season was the 31st season of the National Basketball Association. ... John Richard Motta (b. ... The 1977 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1976-1977 season. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ...


The miracle 1977-78 season

Although they had future hall of famers Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld on the team, The Bullets finished the season 44-38 and were a longshot to win the NBA Championship, but coach Dick Motta used the famed phrase "It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings". This became the rallying cry for the Bullets as they finished a playoff run that led to the NBA Finals, defeating the Seattle SuperSonics in 7 games to bring a professional sports championship to Washington D.C. for the first time in 36 years. Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ... The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association, played under a best-of-seven playoff format. ... John Richard Motta (b. ... A stereotypical operatic Valkyrie, from Fredrik Sanders 1893 Swedish edition of the Poetic Edda. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... The Seattle SuperSonics (also called the Seattle Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ...


A tough act to follow

In the 1978-79 NBA season the Bullets moved to the Atlantic Division, capturing the title in their first season there. They entered the 1979 NBA Playoffs having lost 8 of the final 11 games to finish the regular season at 54-28. In the playoffs the Bullets nearly blew a 3-1 series lead against the Atlanta Hawks, but managed to hold off the Hawks in 7 games. The 1978-79 NBA Season was the 33rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1979 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1978-1979 season. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ...


In the Eastern Conference Finals, they trailed the San Antonio Spurs 3-1, but they mounted a comeback by winning 2 straight games to force a Game 7 at the Cap Center. The Bullets would rally again, overcoming a 4th-quarter deficit to beat George Gervin and the Spurs 107-105 in one of the NBA's all-time greatest games and advance to the NBA Finals and a rematch with the Seattle SuperSonics. In Game 1, the Bullets defeated the SuperSonics 99-97 on two game winning free throws but lost the series to the Sonics in five games. The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... George Gervin (born April 27, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional basketball player, a shooting guard for the American Basketball Associations (ABA) Virginia Squires and San Antonio Spurs and the National Basketball Associations (NBA) San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls. ...


1979-1988

Age and injuries finally caught up with the Bullets. In the 1979-80 NBA season, they barely made the playoffs as they captured the sixth and final playoff spot with a tiebreaker despite posting a 39-43 record. In the playoffs, they were swept by the Philadelphia 76ers in a 2-game playoff series. The following year the Bullets failed to make the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. Wes Unseld retired and Elvin Hayes was traded to the Houston Rockets the following season. The 1979-80 NBA Season was the 34th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1980 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1979-1980 season. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ...


In '81, Washington played strong under the coaching of Gene Shue and Don Moran, finishing the regular season with a 43-39 record, and although they advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals in the playoffs, they had clearly lost their form of the late 70's. The Bullets continued to play with the same talent they had in the previous year. They finished with a winning record, but in a highly competitive Atlantic Division they finished last and missed the playoffs. Eugene William Gene Shue (born December 18, 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ...


The next two years saw the Bullets continue to play mediocre basketball as they finished with losing records but they made the playoffs in the new expanded NBA Playoffs format that involved the 16 best teams to make the playoffs; the Bullets were eliminated in both years in the first round. Current NBA Playoff logo. ...


In 1985, the Bullets acquired Manute Bol, whose specialty was blocking shots. That year, he blocked 397 shots (a Bullets record), part of a team that blocked 716 shots (a Bullets team record). But the Bullets finished with a disappointing 39-43 record, and were eliminated by the 76ers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The Bullets acquired center Moses Malone from the Philadelphia 76ers for center Jeff Ruland the following season for hope of improvement. Moses would lead the team in scoring with a 24.1 points per game as he would be joined by Jeff Malone who averaged 22.0 points per game. The Bullets' 42-40 record would be their last winning season until the 1996-97 NBA season. Washington was eliminated by the Detroit Pistons in 3 games in the playoffs. Manute Bol (born October 16, 1962) is a Sudanese-born basketball player and activist. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Jeffrey Alan Ruland (born December 16, 1958 in Bayshore, New York) is the current head coach of the Iona Gaels mens college basketball team. ... Jeffrey Nigel Malone (born June 28, 1961 in Mobile, Alabama) is an American former professional basketball player. ... The 1996-97 NBA season was the 51st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ...


The Bullets selected Muggsy Bogues twelfth overall in the '87 Draft, who at 5'3" is the smallest player in NBA history. The Bullets would get off to a slow start as coach Kevin Loughery was fired 27 games into the season with the Bullets holding an 8-19 record. To replace Loughery, the Bullets hired former MVP Wes Unseld. Under Unseld the Bullets improved as they were able to reach the playoffs again with a record of 38-44. After losing the first 2 games on the road in the first round of the 1988 NBA Playoffs to the Detroit Pistons, the Bullets fought back and forced a 5th game with 2 home wins. They would lose game 5 by 21 points. It would be 9 years before Washington would return to the NBA Playoffs. Tyrone Curtis Bogues (born January 9, 1965, in Baltimore, Maryland), better known as Muggsy Bogues, is a retired American professional basketball point guard and former head coach of the now-defunct Charlotte Sting of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... Kevin Michael Loughery (born March 28, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... The 1988 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1987-1988 season. ...


1989-1997

The Bullets got off to a 5-1 start in 1989, but hopes of a good season faded quickly as they lost 16 of 18 games from Mid-December to Mid-January. They would finish with a 31-51 record despite stellar seasons by Jeff Malone and Bernard King, who averaged 24.3 and 22.3 points per game respectively to lead the team. Bernard King (born December 4, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player at the small forward position in the NBA and one of the NBAs all-time greatest scorers. ...


The lone highlight of the Bullets 30 win 1990-91 season was the successful comeback effort by Bernard King as he recovered from knee surgery he suffered while playing for the Knicks in the 1984-85 NBA season to finish 3rd in the NBA in scoring with a 28.4 points per game. In 1991, the team would name Susan O'Malley as its president, the first female president of a franchise in the history of the NBA. She is the sister of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley and the daughter of former Dodger owner Walter O'Malley. The 1984-85 NBA Season was the 39th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Susan OMalley is the current president of the Washington Wizards NBA team. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1913) Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899... Peter OMalley (born in December 12, 1937 in Brooklyn, NY) was the President and owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Walter Francis OMalley (October 9, 1903 – August 9, 1979) was an American sports executive who owned the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers team in Major League Baseball from 1950 to 1979. ...


Injuries continue to bite the Bullets as key players Rex Chapman and Calbert Cheaney (the club's 1st round draft pick) miss significant stretches, and Pervis Ellison misses almost the entire season. The result was a miserable 24-58 record for the 1993-94 season, but help from the Michigan Wolverines was on the way. Rex Everett Chapman (born October 5, 1967, in Bowling Green, Kentucky) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Calbert Nathaniel Cheaney (born July 17, 1971 in Evansville, Indiana) is a veteran basketball player in the NBA currently a free agent. ... Pervis Ellison (born April 3, 1967 in Savannah, Georgia) is a former college and professional NBA basketball player. ... The University of Michigan features 24 varsity sports teams called the Wolverines, which compete in the NCAAs Division I and in the Big Ten Conference in all sports except mens ice hockey which competes in the NCAA D1 Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and womens water polo, which...


The Bullets selected Juwan Howard in the 1994 NBA Draft and traded Tom Gugliotta along with three first round draft picks to the Golden State Warriors for the rights to Chris Webber. While the season started out with promise, a shoulder injury to Chris Webber (ironically against the Warriors) caused him to miss 19 games and the Bullets struggled through the rest of the season finishing a then franchise worst (percentage wise) 21-61. Webber averaged 20.1 ppg and 9.6 rpg but declined surgery for his dislocated shoulder. This would prove costly for the next season. Juwan Antonio Howard (born February 7, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves. ... The 1994 NBA Draft tookplace on 29 June 1994 in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Canadian-born former BBL basketball player, see Chris Webber (Canadian basketball player). ...


The Bullets 95-96 season seemed over before it started as Webber suffered a dislocated left shoulder in a preseason game against Indiana on October 21 and opened the season on the injured list. He was activated on Nov. 27, but strained his shoulder against New York on Dec. 29. After hoping the injury would get better with rest, Webber finally underwent surgery on Feb. 1 which sidelined him for the remainder of the season. The Bullets were 9-6 with Webber in the lineup as he averaged a team-high 23.7 points plus 7.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.80 steals in 37.2 minutes per game when he was able to play. Other players injured included Mark Price (who only played in 7 games) and Robert Pack (31 games played out of 82). Bright spots of the season included the selection of Rasheed Wallace in the 1995 NBA Draft and the All-Star play of Howard. Juwan averaged a career best 22.1 ppg and 8.1 rpg and kept the Bullets slim playoff hopes alive until the end of the season. The Bullets improved to 39-43 but just missed the playoffs. For the musician, see Mark Price (musician). ... Robert Pack is the name of: Robert Pack (athlete), (fl. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ...


Washington, boasting the league's tallest player (center Gheorghe Mureşan 7'7"), two very athletic forwards (Juwan and Webber) and one of the league's top point guards (Rod Strickland), struggled out of the gate to a 22-24 start. That led to the dismissal of Head Coach Jim Lynam. Bernie Bickerstaff, an assistant coach with the Bullets when they won their only NBA Championship in 1978, was called upon to resurrect his former team. The Bullets responded, winning 16 of their final 21 games to finish 44-38, their best record since 1978-79. The late surge enabled the Bullets to climb within reach of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the final playoff spot. In a winner-take-the-eighth-playoff-spot game with the Cavaliers on the season's final day, the Bullets squeezed past Cleveland 85-81 to end the franchise's longest playoff drought. And while the Bullets were swept by the Bulls in the first round, they lost the three games by a total of just 18 points, a sign that the team is one to be reckoned with. Gheorghe Dumitru MureÅŸan (IPA: /gi. ... Rodney Rod Strickland (born July 11, 1966, in the Bronx, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player and currently the assistant coordinator of basketball operations at the University of Memphis. ... Bernard Tyrone Bernie Bickerstaff (born November 2, 1944 in Benham, Kentucky) is the current Head Coach and General Manager of the Charlotte Bobcats. ...


Webber led the way in scoring (20.1 ppg), rebounding (10.3) and blocks (1.9) and shot 51.8 percent from the floor to make his first All-Star team. Howard averaged 19.1 ppg and 8.0 rpg, while Strickland averaged 17.2 ppg and 1.74 spg and finished fifth in the league in assists with 8.9 per game. Muresan dominated the middle and led the NBA in field goal percentage (.599). Washington also received valuable contributions from Calbert Cheaney (10.6 ppg) and Tracy Murray (10.0 ppg). Calbert Nathaniel Cheaney (born July 17, 1971 in Evansville, Indiana) is a veteran basketball player in the NBA currently a free agent. ... Tracy Lamonte Murray (born July 25, 1971 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional basketballer in the National Basketball Association who played for six different NBA franchises and two Greek clubs. ...


Bullets become the Wizards

The Wizards moved to the MCI Center (now named Verizon Center) in 1997.
The Wizards moved to the MCI Center (now named Verizon Center) in 1997.

In 1995, owner Abe Pollin announced that the franchise was to be renamed because Bullets carried violent overtones, which he wanted to repudiate,[1] especially since Washington was experiencing some of the highest homicide rates in the country at the time. A contest was held to choose a new name and the choices were narrowed to the Dragons, Express, Stallions, Sea Dogs, or Wizards.[2] On May 15, 1997, the Bullets officially became the Washington Wizards. The change generated some controversy because Wizard is a rank in the Ku Klux Klan.[2] A new logo was unveiled and the team colors were changed from the traditional red, white and blue to blue, black and bronze, the same colors as the Washington Capitals, a hockey team also owned by Pollin (the Capitals were traditionally red, white, and blue and would return to that scheme in 2007). That same year the Wizards moved to the then MCI Center, now called Verizon Center. The Verizon Center is also home to the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League, the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the Georgetown Hoyas men's college basketball team. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 997 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Washington Wizards Verizon... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 997 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Washington Wizards Verizon... The Verizon Center is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications. ... Abe Pollin (born December 3, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the current owner of the NBAs Washington Wizards, and former owner of the NHLs Washington Capitals and WNBAs Washington Mystics. ... is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Imperial Wizard was the title used by the national leader of the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan in the 20th century. ... Members of the second Ku Klux Klan at a rally during the 1920s. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Hockey is any of a family of sports in which two teams compete by trying to maneuver a ball, or a hard, round disc called a puck, into the opponents net or goal, using a hockey stick. ... The Verizon Center is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... NHL redirects here. ... The Washington Mystics are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Washington, DC. They started play in 1998, the second year of the WNBA and are one of the WNBAs first expansion franchises. ... The Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... The Georgetown Hoyas are the athletics teams that officially represent Georgetown University in college sports. ...


In 1998, they became the brother team to the WNBA's Washington Mystics.


Late '90s decline

The newly named Wizards began the 1997-98 season playing 5 home games at the US Air Arena before moving to the new MCI Center on December 2, 1997. The Wizards finished the season with a 42-40 record including 4 straight victories to end the season but just missed the playoffs. Highlights of the season included Webber leading the team in scoring (21.9 ppg) and rebounding (9.5 rpg). Strickland led the league in assists (10.5 apg) before suffering an injury near the end of the season. Tracy Murray averaged 15.1 ppg off the bench including a 50 point game against Golden State. Off court distractions led to the trade of Webber to the Sacramento Kings for Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe in May 1998. US Airways Arena (originally known as the Capital Centre, also popularly known as the USAir Arena) was an indoor arena located in Landover, Maryland in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Completed in 1973, the arena sat 18,756 for basketball. ... The MCI Center, view to the southeast across 7th St. ... Mitchell James (Mitch) Richmond (born June 30, 1965 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Otis Henry Thorpe (born August 8, 1962 in Boynton Beach, Florida) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. A graduate of Lake Worth High School, Thorpe was drafted by the Kansas City Kings as the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 1984 NBA Draft and...


The Wizards finished the lockout shortened season of 1998-99 with a record of 18-32. Mitch Richmond led the team in scoring with a 19.7 ppg average. In the 1999-00 season, the Wizards finished with a 29-53 record. Mitch Richmond led the team with 17.4 ppg. 1999 NBA Draft pick Richard Hamilton led the team in scoring the following season with 18.1 ppg on a team that finished with a 19-63 record (a franchise low). The 1998-99 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1999-2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1999 NBA Draft was held on June 30, 1999 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.. It was the first draft in which four players from the same college were picked in the first round, with Elton Brand (1st selection), Trajan Langdon (11th), Corey Maggette (13th) and William... Richard Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ...


On February 23, 2001, the Wizards were involved in a blockbuster trade days before the trading deadline. The team sent Juwan, Obinna Ekezie and Calvin Booth to the Dallas Mavericks. In return, Washington received Hubert Davis, Courtney Alexander, Christian Laettner, Loy Vaught and Etan Thomas along with $3 million. Obinna Ralph Ekezie (born August 22, 1975, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State) is a Nigerian professional basketball player, formerly in the NBA. A 69 270 lb center, he was selected with the 37th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies after playing with the Maryland... Calvin Booth (born May 7, 1976 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio) is a professional basketball player in the NBA currently with Washington Wizards. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... Hubert Ira Davis, Jr. ... Courtney Jason Alexander (born 27 April 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is a former shooting guard in the National Basketball Association. ... Christian Donald Laettner (born August 17, 1969 in Angola, New York) is a former professional basketball player who played 13 seasons in the NBA and an American entrepreneur. ... Loy Vaught (born February 27, 1968 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) was a basketball center. ... Dedreck Etan Thomas (born April 1, 1978 in Harlem, New York) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After playing for Syracuse University, Thomas was drafted 12th overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. ...


Michael Jordan years

2001-02

After retiring from the Chicago Bulls in early 1999, Michael Jordan became the Washington Wizards’ president of basketball operations as well as a minority owner in January 2000. However in September 2001, Michael Jordan came out of retirement at age 38 to play basketball for the Washington Wizards. Jordan stated that he was returning “for the love of the game.” Because of NBA rules, he had to divest himself of any ownership of the team. Before the All-Star break, Jordan was only one of two players to average more than 25 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds as he led the Wizards to a 26-21 record. Unfortunately, after the all-star break, Jordan’s knee could not handle the workload of a full-season as he ended the season on the injured list, and the Wizards concluded the season with a 37-45 record. Still, Jordan had led the Wizards to an 18-win improvement from the previous season. The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ...


2002-03

Jordan announced he would return for the 2002-03 season, and this time he was determined to be equipped with reinforcements, as he traded for All-Star Jerry Stackhouse and signed budding star Larry Hughes. Jordan even accepted a sixth-man role on the bench in order for his knee to survive the rigors of an 82-game season. However, a combination of numerous team injuries and uninspired play led to Jordan’s return to the starting lineup, where he tried to rebound the franchise from its early-season struggles. By the end of the season, the Wizards finished with a 37-45 record once again. Jordan ended the season as the only Wizard to play in all 82 games, as he averaged 20.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.5 steals in 37.0 minutes per game. The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Jerry Darnell Stackhouse (born November 5, 1974 in Kinston, North Carolina) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays both shooting guard and small forward for the NBAs Dallas Mavericks. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A starting lineup in sports refers to the set of players actively participating in the event when the game begins. ...


Departure

After the season, Wizards' majority owner Abe Pollin fired Jordan as team president, much to the shock of teammates, associates, and the public. Michael Jordan felt he was betrayed, thinking that he would get his ownership back after his playing days ended, but Pollin justified Jordan's dismissal by noting that Jordan had detrimental effects on the team, such as benching Larry Hughes for Tyronn Lue, making poor trades, and squandering the teams' 2001 1st round draft pick on high schooler Kwame Brown who never panned out. Without Michael in the fold the following year, the Washington Wizards were not expected to win, and they didn’t. Despite the signing of future All-Star point guard Gilbert Arenas, the team stumbled to a 25-57 record in the 2003-04 season. This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tyronn Jamar Lue (born on May 3, 1977 in Mexico, Missouri) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Lue attended Raytown High School in Missouri. ... 2001 NBA Draft — 27 June 2001 – New York City, New York Kwame Brown became the first high school player to be drafted number one overall in draft history. ... Kwame James Brown (born March 10, 1982 in Charleston, South Carolina) is an American NBA player who plays power forward and center for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Gilbert Jay Arenas Jr. ... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


Jordan's stint with the Washington Wizards was closely watched by both fans and the media.


The Wizards replaced Jordan's managerial role with coach Eddie Jordan and General Manager Ernie Grunfeld. The team's current roster only has two holdovers from the Michael Jordan era: Etan Thomas and Brendan Haywood. The trade of underachieving first round bust Kwame Brown for All-Star Caron Butler is considered to be one of the all time uneven trades in NBA history.[citation needed] Eddie Jordan - NBA head basketball coach of the Washington Wizards - courtesy of Mitchell Layton/NBAE/Getty Images Edward Montgomery Eddie Jordan (born January 29, 1955 in Washington, D.C.) is the current head coach of the Washington Wizards of the NBA. // Collegiate and pro career Jordan attended Rutgers University in... Ernest (Ernie) Grunfeld (born April 24, 1955, in Satu Mare, Romania) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Dedreck Etan Thomas (born April 1, 1978 in Harlem, New York) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After playing for Syracuse University, Thomas was drafted 12th overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. ... Brendan Todd Haywood (born November 27, 1979, in New York City, United States) is an American professional basketball player. ... James Caron Butler, known as Caron Butler (pronounced Kuh-RONN) (born March 13, 1980, in Racine, Wisconsin), is an American professional basketball player, currently starting at small forward for the NBAs Washington Wizards. ...


Recent resurgence

2004-05

The 2004-05 NBA season saw the team (now in the new Southeast Division) post its finest regular season record in 26 years (45-37) and marked the first time the franchise had ever made the playoffs as the Wizards. In the offseason, the team traded Jerry Stackhouse, Christian Laettner, and the draft rights to Devin Harris for Antawn Jamison. During the regular season, the scoring trio of Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Larry Hughes was the highest in the NBA and earned the nickname of "The Big Three." Hughes also led the NBA in steals with 2.89 steals per game. Arenas and Jamison were both named to the 2005 Eastern Conference All-Star team, marking the first time Washington had two players in the All-Star game since Jeff Malone and Moses Malone represented the Bullets in the 1987 All-Star Game. The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Jerry Darnell Stackhouse (born November 5, 1974 in Kinston, North Carolina) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays both shooting guard and small forward for the NBAs Dallas Mavericks. ... Christian Donald Laettner (born August 17, 1969 in Angola, New York) is a former professional basketball player who played 13 seasons in the NBA and an American entrepreneur. ... Devin Lamar Harris (born February 27, 1983 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) is an American basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks. ... Antawn Cortez Jamison [pronounced an-TWAHN] (born June 12, 1976, in Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Jeffrey Nigel Malone (born June 28, 1961 in Mobile, Alabama) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ...


With a 93-82 win over the Chicago Bulls on April 13, 2005, the Wizards clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 1996-97.[3] Long suffering fans celebrated by buying over 16,000 playoff tickets in two and a half hours the day tickets went on sale.[4] In game 3 of the first round against the Bulls, the Wizards won their first playoff game since 1988.[5] Adding to the "long-overdue" feeling was the fact that game 3 was also the first NBA playoff game to be held within Washington, D.C. city limits.[6] In the Wizards' game 5 victory in Chicago, Arenas hit a buzzer-beater to win the game[7] and the Wizards took their first lead in a playoff series since 1986. In Game 6 at the MCI Center, Jared Jeffries picked up a loose ball and went in for an uncontested tiebreaking dunk with 32 seconds left, thus giving the Washington Wizards a 94-91 win and the team's their first playoff series win in 23 years. They were only the 12th team in NBA history to win a playoff series after being down 0-2.[8] The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2005 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2004-2005 season. ... The Verizon Center is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications. ... Jared Scott Carter Jeffries (born November 25, 1981, in Bloomington, Indiana) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the NBA. He was drafted in 2002 by the Washington Wizards as the 11th overall pick. ...


In the Conference Semifinals, the Wizards were swept by the Miami Heat, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference in the 2005 NBA Playoffs. The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The 2005 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2004-2005 season. ...


2005-06

The "Wizards" original logo from 1998-2007.

The 2005-06 NBA season was one filled with ups and downs. During the offseason, Washington acquired Caron Butler and Antonio Daniels. During the regular season, the Wizards again had the best scoring trio in the NBA, this time consisting of Arenas, Jamison and Butler as the "Big Three." The Wizards started the 2005-06 season at 5-1, but went on an 8-17 funk to go to 13-18 through 31 games. Then, they went 13-5 in the next 18 games. On April 5, 2006, the team was 39-35 and looking to close in on the 45 win mark achieved the previous year, until Caron suffered a thumb sprain and the Wizards lost all five games without him. Butler returned and the team pulled out their final three games, against the Pistons, Cavs and Bucks, all playoff bound teams, to finish the year at 42-40 and clinch the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. They averaged 101.7 points a game, 3rd in the NBA and tops in the East and clinched a playoff berth for the second year in a row for the first time since 1987. The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Antonio Ray Daniels (born 19 March 1975 in Columbus, Ohio) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After playing college basketball at Bowling Green State University, he was selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies (now Memphis Grizzlies) with the fourth overall pick of the 1997 NBA Draft. ... is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Eastern Conference is one of two conferences in both the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


Their first round match up with Cleveland was widely seen as the most evenly matched series in the 2006 NBA Playoffs. The teams exchanged wins during the first two games in Cleveland, with Game 2 highlighted by the Wizards holding LeBron James to 7-25 shooting from the floor while Brendan Haywood gave James a hard foul in the first quarter that many cited as the key to shaking up the rest of LeBron's game. In Game 3 at the Verizon Center, James hit a 4-footer on the way down with 5.7 seconds left to take the game and the series lead for the Cavs with a 97-96 win. Arenas missed a potential game winning 3-pointer on the other end to seal the win for the Cavs. Game 4 saw the Wizards heat up again, as Gilbert scored 20 in the fourth quarter after claiming he changed his jersey, shorts, shoes and tights in the locker room and the Wizards won 106-96. Yet in Games 5 and 6, the Cavs would take control of the series, both games decided by one point in overtime. The 2006 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2005-06 season. ... LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Verizon Center is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications. ...


In Game 5, despite the Wizards being down 107-100 with 1:18 to play, the team drove back and eventually tied the game on Caron Butler's layup with 7.5 seconds remaining to send the game to OT, where James would score with 0.9 seconds left in overtime to send the Cavs to a 121-120 win. The series came back to the newly-named Verizon Center for Game 6, where the game went back and forth all night. The Wizards blew a 14-point first-quarter lead, then for 24 minutes, from early in the second quarter to early in the fourth, neither team led by more than five points at any time. The Wizards blew a seven point lead with just under 5 to play and needed Arenas to hit a 31-footer at the end of regulation to take the game to overtime. In OT, Gilbert missed two key free throws after James taunted Arenas at the line. Cleveland rebounded the ball, went downcourt and Damon Jones hit a 17-foot baseline jumper with 4.8 seconds remaining to give the Cavs the lead for good. Butler would miss a 3-pointer on the other end to seal the game, and the series, for the Cavaliers. The Verizon Center is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications. ... Damon Darron Jones (born August 25, 1976 in Galveston, Texas), nicknamed DJ, is an American professional basketball player currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. ...


2006-07

The Wizards in a home game against the Toronto Raptors, 30 March 2007
The Wizards in a home game against the Toronto Raptors, 30 March 2007

The 2006-07 season started out very promising for the Wizards. In the offseason they signed free agents DeShawn Stevenson and Darius Songaila. Etan Thomas beat out Haywood for the starting center job. After starting the season 0-8 on the road, Washington rebounded to win 6 of 7 away from Verizon Center. After a 4-9 November, Washington went 22-9 through December and January. Arenas scored a franchise-record 60 points against the Lakers on December 17. Both he and Eddie Jordan were named player of the month and coach of the month for December, respectively. On January 3 and again on January 15, Gilbert hit buzzer-beating three-pointers to beat Milwaukee and Utah. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 992 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Washington Wizards User... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 992 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Washington Wizards User... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... is the 89th day of the year (90th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... DeShawn Stevenson (born April 3, 1981 in Fresno, California) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Washington Wizards of the NBA. He originally committed to the University of Kansas, but decided to enter the NBA directly from Washington Union High School in his hometown of Fresno, and was... {{infobox NBA Player | image = | name = Darius Songaila | position = Power forward | height_ft = 6| height_in = 8 | weight_lbs = 240 | league = NBA | team = Washington Wizards | nationality = Lithuania | birth_date = February 14, 1978 ) | birth_place = [[Marijampolė], Lithuania | college = Wake Forest | draft = 2nd round, 50th overall | draft_year = 2002 | draft_team = Boston Celtics | career_start = 2002 | career_end = | former_teams = CSKA Moscow (2002... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ...


On January 30, Antawn Jamison went down with a sprained left knee in a win against Detroit. Washington went 4-8 in the 12 games without him. On February 3, Songaila made his Wizards debut against the Lakers. On February 18th, Eddie Jordan became the first Wizards/Bullets coach to coach the NBA All-Star Game since Dick Motta in 1978-1979. Arenas played in his 3rd straight All-Star game and Caron Butler made his All-Star Game debut. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The National Basketball Association staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... John Richard Motta (b. ... An all-star game is an exhibition game played by the best players in their respective sports league. ...


On March 14, Butler went out with a knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for six games. He returned for only three games until he fractured his right hand on April 1 against Milwaukee. On April 4, Gilbert suffered a season-ending knee injury, of the meniscus. An April 15th article in The Washington Post pointed out that with Arenas and Caron gone, the team had lost 42.3% of their offensive production, quite possibly "the most costly" loss for any team in the midst of a playoff hunt in NBA history.[9] The Washington Post is the largest newspaper in Washington, D.C.. It is also one of the citys oldest papers, having been founded in 1877. ...


Despite their late season struggles without Arenas and Butler, the Wizards still managed to make the Eastern Conference playoffs, taking the 7th seed at 41-41. They were swept 4 games to none in a rematch of last year's first-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite a depleted roster, the Wizards still managed to keep things close in every game in the series and only lost the final three games by a combined 20 points. Business-wise, the team enjoyed their best attendance figures in the post-Michael Jordan era with a season attendance of 753,283 (18,372 per game) [10]. For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ...


2007-08: Ready to rule

The Wizards retained a majority of their roster from the 2006-07 season, only losing Jarvis Hayes to Detroit, Calvin Booth to the Philadelphia 76ers, and Michael Ruffin to the Milwaukee Bucks as free agents. Washington also signed Oleksiy Pecherov, the team's first-round pick in 2006, as well as 2007 picks Nick Young and Dominic McGuire. Etan Thomas missed the regular season after undergoing open-heart surgery. Jarvis James Hayes (born August 9, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Washington Wizards of the NBA. A 67, 220 lbs. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Oleksiy Pecherov (born December 8, 1985 in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is a Ukrainian basketball player. ... Nick Young is an American broadcast journalist for CBS News, Radio. ... Dominic McGuire (born October 20, 1985 in San Diego) is a basketball power forward. ... Dedreck Etan Thomas (born April 1, 1978 in Harlem, New York) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After playing for Syracuse University, Thomas was drafted 12th overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. ...


The team began the season starting 0-5, but rebounded to win six straight. After 8 games, Gilbert Arenas underwent surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee, as well as a microfracture surgery. This was the same knee he had injured the previous year. The injury forced Arenas out for a total of 68 games. Midway through the season, Caron Butler was forced to the sidelines for a total of 20 games with what initially was a strained hip flexor, but turned out to be a labral tear. Despite all of the injuries, the Wizards managed to go 43-39 on the regular season, good for 5th place in the Eastern Conference and a first-round playoff matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third straight season.


The Washington Wizards will be having minor modifications on their team jerseys and logos. To accommodate the gold/black alternate jerseys they introduced last season along with the design change on the Verizon Center floor, they changed their secondary team colors from bronze to metallic gold, and the player's name on the back of the jersey is changed from white/blue with bronze trim to gold (blue on home uniforms) with a change in lettering. The Verizon Center is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications. ... This article is about the metal alloy. ... Gold is a shade of the color yellow closest to that of gold metal. ...


Season-by-season records

Main article: Washington Wizards seasons

Home arenas

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Players of note

Washington Wizards alternate logo, 1998-2007
Washington Wizards alternate logo, 1998-2007

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Basketball Hall of Famers

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Retired numbers

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Current roster

Washington Wizards roster
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Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
G 0 Flag of the United States Arenas, Gilbert (C) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Arizona
PF 32 Flag of the United States Blatche, Andray 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 248 lb (112 kg) South Kent School (CT)*
SF 3 Flag of the United States Butler, Caron (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Connecticut
PG 6 Flag of the United States Daniels, Antonio 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Bowling Green
C 33 Flag of the United States Haywood, Brendan 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 263 lb (119 kg) North Carolina
F 4 Flag of the United States Jamison, Antawn (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) North Carolina
SG 8 Flag of the United States Mason, Jr., Roger 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Virginia
SF 5 Flag of the United States McGuire, Dominic 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fresno State
F/C 13 Flag of Ukraine Pecherov, Oleksiy 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Ukraine
PF 9 Flag of Lithuania Songaila, Darius 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 248 lb (112 kg) Wake Forest
SG 2 Flag of the United States Stevenson, DeShawn 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Washington Union HS (CA)*
C 36 Flag of the United States Thomas, Etan  Injured 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Syracuse
G/F 1 Flag of the United States Young, Nick 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) USC*
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last change: 2007-12-31
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Michael Adams (born January 19, 1963 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a former NBA basketball player and current assistant coach for the University of Maryland, College Parks mens basketball team. ... Courtney Jason Alexander (born 27 April 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is a former shooting guard in the National Basketball Association. ... Isaac Ike Austin (b. ... Tyrone Curtis Bogues (born January 9, 1965, in Baltimore, Maryland), better known as Muggsy Bogues, is a retired American professional basketball point guard and former head coach of the now-defunct Charlotte Sting of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... Manute Bol (born October 16, 1962) is a Sudanese-born basketball player and activist. ... Kwame James Brown (born March 10, 1982 in Charleston, South Carolina) is an American NBA player who plays power forward and center for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Steven Hanson Blake (born February 26, 1980 in Hollywood, Florida) is an American professional basketball player at the point guard position. ... Rex Everett Chapman (born October 5, 1967, in Bowling Green, Kentucky) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Calbert Nathaniel Cheaney (born July 17, 1971 in Evansville, Indiana) is a veteran basketball player in the NBA currently a free agent. ... Phil Chenier (born October 30, 1950 in Berkeley, California) played professional basketball for the Washington Bullets in the National Basketball Association from 1971 to 1979. ... Robert L. Bob Dandridge (born November 15, 1947 in Richmond, Virginia) is a former pro basketball player. ... Hubert Ira Davis, Jr. ... Terry Gilbert Dischinger (born November 14, 1940 in Terre Haute, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. Dischinger was made the first pick of the second round of the NBA Draft in 1962 out of Purdue University by the Chicago Zephyrs. ... Juan Dixon (born October 9, 1978 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.) is an American professional basketball player currently with the NBAs Portland Trail Blazers. ... Kevin Jerome Duckworth, aka The Duck (born April 1, 1964 in Harvey, Illinois) is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association, most notably a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. ... Harvey Grant (born July 4, 1965 in Augusta, Georgia) is an American former National Basketball Association basketball player. ... Kevin Michael Grevey (born May 12, 1953 in Hamilton, Ohio) is an American former professional basketball player. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Juwan Antonio Howard (born February 7, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves. ... Jared Scott Carter Jeffries (born November 25, 1981, in Bloomington, Indiana) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the NBA. He was drafted in 2002 by the Washington Wizards as the 11th overall pick. ... Gus Honeycomb Johnson (December 13, 1938–April 29, 1987) was a professional basketball player who played nine seasons with the NBAs Baltimore Bullets and one year with the ABAs Indiana Pacers. ... Ronald Jerome Popeye Jones (born June 17, 1970 in Dresden, Tennessee) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. After attending Murray State University, he was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round (41st overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft but his rights were traded to the... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Richard Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ... 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Washington Hall of Stars

The Washington Hall of Stars, a series of banners on the right-field wall of Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington, honors several D.C. sports heroes. The Bullets/Wizards figures honored are: Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, informally known as RFK Stadium, is a sports stadium that opened in 1961. ...

The Hall also honors Arnold "Red" Auerbach, who played collegiately at D.C.'s George Washington University, and Horace "Bones" McKinney, who played for the Washington Capitols in the early days of the NBA. Both men also coached the Capitols, who played from the NBA's founding in 1946 until the team folded in 1951. Phil Chenier (born October 30, 1950 in Berkeley, California) played professional basketball for the Washington Bullets in the National Basketball Association from 1971 to 1979. ... Robert Dean Ferry (born May 31, 1937 in St. ... Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ... Abe Pollin (born December 3, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the current owner of the NBAs Washington Wizards, and former owner of the NHLs Washington Capitals and WNBAs Washington Mystics. ... Arnold Jacob Red Auerbach (September 20, 1917 – October 28, 2006) was a highly successful and influential basketball coach of the BAA Washington Nationals, the NBA Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the NBA Boston Celtics. ... The George Washington University (GW), is a private, coeducational university located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The school was founded in 1821 as The Columbian College in the District of Columbia by Baptist ministers using funds bequeathed by George Washington. ... Horace Albert (Bones) McKinney (born January 1, 1919 in Lowlands, North Carolina – died May 16, 1997) was a professional basketball player and coach. ... The Washington Capitols were a National Basketball Association team based in Washington, D.C. Founded: 1946 Folded: 1951 Formerly known as: Home Arena: Uniform colors: Logo design: NBA Championships: // Franchise history Players of note Basketball Hall of Famers: Not to be forgotten: Coaches and others Categories: | ...


High points

Individual awards

NBA MVP of the Year The National Basketball Association (NBA) first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ...

NBA Finals MVP Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ... The National Basketball Association Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the player who has exhibited exceptional play during an NBA Finals series. ...

NBA Rookie of the Year Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ...

NBA Most Improved Player of the Year Walter Jones Bellamy (born July 24, 1939 in New Bern, North Carolina) is a former pro basketball player. ... Terry Gilbert Dischinger (born November 14, 1940 in Terre Haute, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. Dischinger was made the first pick of the second round of the NBA Draft in 1962 out of Purdue University by the Chicago Zephyrs. ... Vernon Earl Monroe (born on November 21, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional basketball player known for his flamboyant dribbling, passing and play-making. ... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ... The NBA Most Improved Player Award is the annual award presented at seasons end to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player who has made the most noticeable improvement from the previous season or seasons. ...

NBA Coach of the Year Pervis Ellison (born April 3, 1967 in Savannah, Georgia) is a former college and professional NBA basketball player. ... Donald James MacLean (born January 16, 1970 in Palo Alto, California) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. He was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the 1992 NBA Draft but was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers who in turn traded him to the Washington Bullets. ... Gheorghe Dumitru MureÅŸan (IPA: /gi. ... The person recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year receives the Red Auerbach Trophy. ...

NBA Executive of the Year Eugene William Gene Shue (born December 18, 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... The NBA Executive of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues best front office executive. ...

All-NBA First Team Robert Dean Ferry (born May 31, 1937 in St. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...

All-NBA Second Team Vernon Earl Monroe (born on November 21, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional basketball player known for his flamboyant dribbling, passing and play-making. ... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ... Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...

All-NBA Third Team Gus Honeycomb Johnson (December 13, 1938–April 29, 1987) was a professional basketball player who played nine seasons with the NBAs Baltimore Bullets and one year with the ABAs Indiana Pacers. ... Archie L. Clark (born July 15, 1941 in Conway, Arkansas) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... Phil Chenier (born October 30, 1950 in Berkeley, California) played professional basketball for the Washington Bullets in the National Basketball Association from 1971 to 1979. ... Robert L. Bob Dandridge (born November 15, 1947 in Richmond, Virginia) is a former pro basketball player. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... Rodney Rod Strickland (born July 11, 1966, in the Bronx, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player and currently the assistant coordinator of basketball operations at the University of Memphis. ... Gilbert Jay Arenas Jr. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...

NBA All-Defensive First Team Bernard King (born December 4, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player at the small forward position in the NBA and one of the NBAs all-time greatest scorers. ... Juwan Antonio Howard (born February 7, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves. ... Gilbert Jay Arenas Jr. ... The NBA All-Defensive Team is the NBAs annual honor given to the best defensive players in the NBA during the regular season. ...

NBA All-Defensive Second Team Gus Honeycomb Johnson (December 13, 1938–April 29, 1987) was a professional basketball player who played nine seasons with the NBAs Baltimore Bullets and one year with the ABAs Indiana Pacers. ... Robert L. Bob Dandridge (born November 15, 1947 in Richmond, Virginia) is a former pro basketball player. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The NBA All-Defensive Team is the NBAs annual honor given to the best defensive players in the NBA during the regular season. ...

NBA All-Rookie First Team Michael W. Riordan (born July 9, 1945 in New York, New York) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... Manute Bol (born October 16, 1962) is a Sudanese-born basketball player and activist. ... The NBA All-Rookie Team is an set of annual awards recognizing the top rookies in the National Basketball Association. ...

NBA All-Rookie Second Team Terry Gilbert Dischinger (born November 14, 1940 in Terre Haute, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. Dischinger was made the first pick of the second round of the NBA Draft in 1962 out of Purdue University by the Chicago Zephyrs. ... Rodney King Rod Thorn (born May 23, 1941 in Princeton, West Virginia) is the president and general manager of the NBAs New Jersey Nets. ... Gus Honeycomb Johnson (December 13, 1938–April 29, 1987) was a professional basketball player who played nine seasons with the NBAs Baltimore Bullets and one year with the ABAs Indiana Pacers. ... Walter Wali Jones (born February 14, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former pro basketball player. ... Jack Marin John Warren Jack Marin (born October 12, 1944, in Sharon, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Vernon Earl Monroe (born on November 21, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional basketball player known for his flamboyant dribbling, passing and play-making. ... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ... Mike Davis, 1999 (Photo by Anne Fishbein) Mike Davis is an American social commentator, urban theorist, and sociographer. ... Phil Chenier (born October 30, 1950 in Berkeley, California) played professional basketball for the Washington Bullets in the National Basketball Association from 1971 to 1979. ... Nick Levoter Weatherspoon (born July 20, 1950 in Greenwood, Mississippi) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Mitchell Mitch Kupchak (born May 24, 1954 in Hicksville, New York) is a retired American basketball player and current general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers since the 2000-01 NBA season after predecessor Jerry West moved to the Memphis Grizzlies organization. ... Jeffrey Alan Ruland (born December 16, 1958 in Bayshore, New York) is the current head coach of the Iona Gaels mens college basketball team. ... Jeffrey Nigel Malone (born June 28, 1961 in Mobile, Alabama) is an American former professional basketball player. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The NBA All-Rookie Team is an set of annual awards recognizing the top rookies in the National Basketball Association. ...

Larry Stewart (born September 21, 1968, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player, formerly of the NBA. He is a 68, 220 lb forward. ... Juwan Antonio Howard (born February 7, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Courtney Jason Alexander (born 27 April 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is a former shooting guard in the National Basketball Association. ... Jarvis James Hayes (born August 9, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Washington Wizards of the NBA. A 67, 220 lbs. ...

Media information

Most games are carried on TV on Comcast SportsNet which is available in the Washington, D.C. area and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic states. Alternate local carriers include WDCW-TV and cable station NewsChannel 8. Wizards games are announced by Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier. Chris Miller serves as a sideline reporter for some broadcasts (including most Wizards' home games). On the radio, Wizards games are broadcast on WTEM-980 AM, with Dave Johnson and Glenn Consor doing analysis. Comcast SportsNet (or CSN) is a group of regional sports networks. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... WDCW is the CW-affiliated television station for Washington, D.C. Licensed to the city, the station broadcasts an analog signal on UHF channel 50 and a digital signal on UHF channel 51. ... The term NewsChannel 8 is also used to refer to Tampa, Floridas station WFLA-TV. News Channel 8 is a 24-hour news service offered in the Washington DC metropolitan area over all cable services. ... Steve Buckhantz is the television play-by-play announcer for the Washington Wizards. ... Phil Chenier (born October 30, 1950 in Berkeley, California) played professional basketball for the Washington Bullets in the National Basketball Association from 1971 to 1979. ... WTEM (AM 980 kHz) is a radio station that serves the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. ...


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Notes and references

  1. ^ WashingtonWizards.com Mailbox: Abe Pollin, September 9, 2003
  2. ^ a b Peterseim, Locke. "Like magic, Wizards' name becomes cool", Page 2 Goes to Washington, ESPN.com. Retrieved on 2006-07-07. 
  3. ^ Chicago Bulls, Gilbert Arenas, Larry Hughes, Antawn Jamison, National Basketball Association, Washington Wizards - CBSSports.com
  4. ^ Philadelphia 76ers, Allen Iverson, Andre Iguodala, Willie Green, National Basketball Association, Washington Wizards - CBSSports.com
  5. ^ Wizards Run Past Bulls
  6. ^ WIZARDS: All You Ever Wanted to Know About the 2004-05 Wizards
  7. ^ Wizards Win at the Buzzer
  8. ^ Wizards’ Late Heroics End Playoff Drought
  9. ^ A Big Piece of the Pie - washingtonpost.com
  10. ^ ESPN - NBA Attendance - National Basketball Association

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Washington led 51-48 at halftime despite Arenas not scoring until 6:06 was left in the second quarter.
However, just as the momentum appeared to be going their way, the Wizards went scoreless on seven straight possessions and the game slipped out of their grasp when Rafer Alston made a three-pointer with six seconds remaining to help the Rockets emerge with an 86-82 win.
The Wizards (4-7) shot 33.3 percent from the field and were outrebounded 57-44 but had a chance to win because they played solid defense -- Houston shot 41.3 percent and committed 22 turnovers -- while holding the Rockets scoreless on six straight fourth quarter possessions as they clawed their way back into the game.
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Jordan's stint with the Washington Wizards was closely watched by both fans and the media.
With a 93-82 win over the Chicago Bulls on April 13, 2005, the Wizards clinched a playoff spot for the first time in eight years [1], with the last time the team had made the postseason was in 1996-97, when it was still known as the Bullets.
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