- Wes Unseld Praised by Kevin Love On an ESPN feature about Kevin Wesley Love, the Timberwolves All-Star praises Wes Unseld’s dominant and inspiring basketball performance. Love chalks his own success on the court to what he learned from Unseld who spent his entire NBA with the Baltimore/Washington Bullets. He was a first round draft pick in 1968 for the team and was named the NBA finals MVP when the Bullets won the 1978 championship. After the five time NBA all-star finished his career in 1981 he continued to dedicate himself to the Bullets and coached the team from 1987 to 1994.
- The Bernie and Ernie duo featured on Wizards Magazine Dave Johnson interviewed hall of famer Bernard King and Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld about their playing time together at the University of Tennessee. King also spoke about how his time with the Wizards was an integral part of his induction in the hall of fame in the fall of 2013.
- Kevin Grevey Wishes Players Would Stay in College Kevin Grevey loves the extremely high talent levels basketball players bring to their colleges today. His only wish is that they would stay longer. Grevey believes college is where players develop better fundamentals therefore lasting longer in the NBA. Grevey was a first round draft pick for the Bullets in 1975 and part of the 1978 championship team.
- Mitch Kupchak on The Blue Blood Rivalry On Feb. 9 The Blue Blood Rivalry, a documentary about the Duke-UNC rivalry, made its west coast premiere in LA. UNC and Bullets alumni Mitch Kupchak attended the premiere and shared his thoughts on the still strong rivalry. After playing for UNC Kupchak was a first round draft pick for the Washington Bullets in 1976 and stayed with the team until 1981.
- Leonard 'Truck' Robinson: HBCU Hero HBCU Gameday featured Leonard ‘Truck’ Robinson as one of the greatest NBA players in the 1970s and ’80s. In his final two seasons at Tennessee State, Robinson averaged over 25 points and 17 rebounds per game. Robinson was drafted by the Bullets in 1974 and spent three seasons with the team where he became known as one of the best rebounders in the NBA.
- Larry Stewart Honored at Alma Mater Coppin State In honor of Black History Month Larry Stewart was honored by his alma matter, Coppin State. Stewart was a standout forward for his university helping them reach their first ever NCAA tournament in 1990. In 1991 Stewart signed as a free-agent with the Bullets and spent four dedicated years with the team.
- Austin Carr's Missing Banner is Back Last week Austin Carr’s retired #34 jersey vanished from the rafters of the Cleveland Cavaliers stadium. Whether or not the new banner is the original, the Cleveland community has banned together in support of the local legend. Carr, a Washington D.C. native, spent the 1980-1981 with the Bullets.
- Wizards Magazine Features Elvin Hayes Phil Chenier sat down with Elvin Hayes, Nene, and Marcin Gortat for a segment on Wizards Magazine which aired Jan 29 on Monumental Network. The alumni and current players discussed the different eras of basketball and which aspects of the game they wished were still around. Chenier and Hayes played on the 1978 Washington Bullets championship team and both made multiple NBA all-star appearances.
- David Bing Honored as Syracuse ACC Legend John Swofford, ACC commissioner, honored the 2014 ACC Men’s Basketball Legends in Greensboro, NC last Wednesday. Leading the way was esteemed Bullets alumnus David Bing. During his seasons with the Bullets, Bing was named MVP of the 1976 all-star game.
- Dave Bing Discusses his Time in Office Bing spent twelve years as an NBA guard, two with the Bullets, and made seven all-star appearances. Upon retiring from the NBA, Bing ran for Mayor of Detroit in 2008 and was sworn into office in May 2009. In his interview with Stephen Henderson on the ‘American Black Journal’, Bing discusses his time in office and advice on the future for the city’s new mayor, Mike Duggan.
- Harvey Grant Makes Basketball a Family Game Harvey Grant shared his love of basketball with his four sons who are all thriving at the sport. Jerami Grant has done particularly well leading Syracuse to a 17-0 record this season. Grant foresees a successful future in the NBA for Jerami. Grant himself was drafted by the Bullets in 1988 and spent seven seasons with the Bullets/Wizards franchise.
- Mitch Kupchak's Thoughts on the Lakers Present and Future General Manager of the Los Angeles Lakers, Mitch Kupchak only has positive words about the team’s future. The Lakers poor performance this season has not kept Kupchak from losing sight of what’s important for the team which is always going for the win. During his time with the Bullets, Kupchak helped the team win the 1978 championship.
- Bernard King Honored at Warriors Game To honor Bernard King’s recent induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Golden State Warriors hosted the four-time All-Star during the December 12th game against the Houston Rockets. The Warriors had a special on-court recognition during the first quarter of Friday’s game for King, joined by his former Head Coach, Warriors legend Alvin Attles. Originally selected by the New Jersey Nets with the seventh overall pick in the 1977 NBA Draft, King enjoyed a 14-year career in the NBA with the Nets, Utah Jazz, Warriors, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets, averaging 22.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest over 874 career games.
- Earl Lloyd to be Honored Lloyd will be honored by his alma mater West Virginia State University in February with a statue and locker room dedication. Despite his recent health issues, Lloyd still plans to attend the unveiling. Lloyd became the first African-American to play in an NBA game on Oct. 31, 1950, in Rochester, N.Y., as a rookie for the Washington Capitols. He played in the NBA from 1950-60 with the Capitols, Syracuse Nationals and Detroit Pistons. The 6-foot-8 forward won an NBA championship in 1955 with Syracuse.
- Etan Thomas Defends Today’s Athletes In a recent interview with Roland Martin from NewsOneNow Thomas defends today’s athletes against remarks that Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown made about today’s young athletes falling short on being socially responsible and aware. Thomas spent eight years on the Wizards roster and currently is a blogger for the Huffington Post , discussing a wide variety of topics including politics, current events, parenting and sports.
- Dave Bing Final Speech as Mayor The former Bullets player and a professional basketball Hall-of-Famer Dave Bing was elected Mayor in May 2009 to complete ex-Mayor former Kwame Kilpatrick's second term. Voters in Detroit elected Bing to a four-year term that November. On December 11 Bing talked about challenges he has faced and accomplishments during his four years at City Hall, in his final speech as Mayor before the Detroit Economic. Bing’s final day in office will be January 1, 2014.
- Congratulations James “Jimmy” Jones The Southwestern Atlantic Conference has announced that our very own James “Jimmy” Jones will be inducted into the SWAC Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is one of the official events that kick off the annual SWAC Football Championship Game. James was a 6’4” guard/forward that dominated the courts at Grambling State University. In 1967 Jones was drafted by the Buccaneers as their No. 1 pick in the ABA draft. Playing consecutive seasons in the ABA Jones was a six-time ABA All Star averaging 19.2 points, 5.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. After playing seven years in the ABA, Jones joined the Baltimore Bullets franchise in 1964. Jones played with the Bullets for three years before his retirement. The ceremony is scheduled to take place Saturday Dec. 7th following the Toyota 2013 SWAC Football Championship game. Congratulations James!!
- Congratulations Elvin Hayes and Tom McMillen On Sunday Nov. 24th in Kansas City, MO Elvin Hayes and Tom McMillen were inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Elvin Hayes was one of the first African Americans on the collegiate basketball team at the University of Houston. He ended his college career averaging 31 pts per game and 17.2 rebounds. Hayes led his team to three NCAA Mens Division one basketball tournaments two of those games being semi-finals. Coming out of Mansfield, PA, Tom McMillen was the top highschool basketball player in the country taking his talents to the University of Maryland. During his time at Maryland McMillen average 20.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. While in college McMillen was a member of the 1972 US Olympic basketball team. He was drafted in the first round of the 1977 NBA Draft. Together Elvin Hayes and Tom McMillen displayed exceptional skills and leadership on and off the court during their collegiate career. Congratulations to you both!!!!!
- Wizards Association Honor Phil Chenier 30 Years of Excellence!! As the fourth round pick in the 1971 NBA draft by the Bullets, Chenier spent nine years with the team, averaging 17.2 points a game. He was a member of the 1978 championship team and was recently inducted into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame. Upon his retirement Chenier started his broadcasting career on his 34th birthday, with Home Team Sports where he announced games at Historical Black Colleges for Black Entertainment Television. In 1987 Phil Chenier began announcing the televised games for the Washington Bullets and later the Washington Wizards. Oct. 30, 2013 marked his 30th season as an announcer, a milestone recognized by the team at the Wizards game against the 76ers. Together we congratulate Phil on his incredible career as he continues his career here with the Washington Wizards as the color analyst with CSN Washington.
- Romanian Prime Minister and Gheorghe Muresan in a Game of Basketball The Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and his delegation recently visited the US. During their visit they stopped by Verizon Center for a game of basketball with Gheorghe Muresan. The former NBA star was selected by the Washington Bullets in the 1993 NBA Draft. He spent seven years in the NBA and was named the leagues most improved player during the1995-1996 season.
- Wes Unseld to be Inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame Former Bullets player, coach, and executive Wes Unseld will soon be inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame. The Induction Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Michaels Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Wes Unseld left a legacy on the court and in the front office. He was the league's MVP and Rookie of the Year in 1968-69 and a five-time NBA All-Star who captained the Baltimore and Washington Bullets to four NBA Finals appearances in the 1970s and to a championship in 1977-78. As general manager for the team he was also able to guide the team to the playoffs (1996). Our very own Wes Unseld will be inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame for his exceptional leadership and athletic career. Congratulations Wes!!
- Jim Chones Thoughts on the Cavs this Season Despite a 24-58 finish during the 2012-13 season, the Cleveland Cavaliers could make a trip to the playoffs this season, as the Cavaliers radio analyst and former Washington Bullets player, Jim Chones sees it. With the dismissal and then rehire of Mike Brown along with the loss of LeBron James, it has been three years since the Cavs have participated in post season competition. At the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club on October 7, Chones analyzed the Cavaliers roster. Expressing his thoughts on the team players including the Cavs first round pick Anthony Bennett, Chones said “At 19, a year out of high school, he was still the most skilled all-around of all the guys who were in the draft.” Chones then went into detail about the healthy return of Andrew Bynum, saying “If he can give us 28 minutes whenever he comes, we’re going to be very successful.”
- Bernard King Inducted into Naismith Hall of Fame Former Bullet Bernard King was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013 in Springfield, Massachusetts on September 8. Bernard played 14 seasons in the NBA, four with the Washington Bullets. He was an NBA All-Star four times in his career (1982, 1984, 1985 and 1991). He was the 7th overall pick in the 1977 NBA Draft and played his college basketball at the University of Tennessee. Congratulations Bernard!
- Greg Ballard Added to Washington Wizards Staff After spending the last 19 years as a scout for the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks, Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced on Sept. 16, that Greg Ballard will rejoin the organization as advance pro scout. Congratulations Greg and welcome back!
- Phil Chenier Inducted into Washington Metropolitan Hall of Fame On Sept. 24, Bullets alum and current Wizards TV broadcaster, Phil Chenier, was inducted into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame. In addition to Chenier, Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Grant Hill, Tommy Amaker, and Paul “Red” Jenkins were also honored at the event. Chenier was a member of the 1978 Washington Bullets that won the NBA Championship. He played with the Bullets from 1971 to 1979. Congrats Phil!
- Wizards to play Preseason Game in Baltimore On Oct. 17, the Wizards will host a preseason game against the New York Knicks at the Baltimore Arena. The franchise will be returning to Baltimore for the first time in 14 years. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the franchise moving from Chicago to Baltimore. The Wizards and Knicks will tip off at 7pm with tickets currently on sale through Ticketmaster.
- Phil Chenier to Participate in “An Evening with the LEGENDS of the Game” On September 24, Phil Chenier will be inducted into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. Other inductees include: Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Grant Hill, Tommy Amaker, Paul “RED” Jenkins. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Tickets start at $150 and tables of 10 can be purchased for $1,500. To purchase tickets, click on the link below.
- Pervis Ellison Named Georgia Hall of Fame Finalist On August 8, Bullet alum Pervis Ellison, was announced as a finalist for the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Ellison is one of 36 finalists to be considered. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Honors Court will meet in the upcoming weeks to determine the final 2014 Hall of Fame Class.
- Remembering Dan Roundfield August 6 marked the one year anniversary of the death of Bullets alum, Dan Roundfield. Roundfield was a great teammate, friend, husband and father and is missed by many.
- Hayes and McMillen to be inducted to Hall of Fame It was announced on July 29 that Washington Bullets alum, Elvin Hayes and Tom McMillen will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in late November 2013. Elvin, University of Houston alum, holds single game, single season, and career records in scoring and rebounding for the school. McMillen, a graduate of University of Maryland and former member of Congress, was a three-time All-American in basketball while at the university. Congratulations Elvin and Tom!
- Wizards to play Preseason Game in Baltimore On October 17th, the Wizards will host a preseason game against the New York Knicks at the Baltimore Arena. The franchise will be returning to Baltimore for the first time in 14 years. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the franchise moving from Chicago to Baltimore. The Wizards and Knicks will tip off at 7pm, with tickets going on sale through Ticketmaster on August 17th.
- Unseld and Hayes Listed in Top 10 Athletes in DC History Recently Yahoo Sports! discussed the top 10 athletes in Washington DC sports history. Two former Bullets players, Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes were included on the list. Yahoo Sports! user poll voting wrapped up on August 7th, with Hayes and Unseld finishing 6th and 8th, respectively.
- Bernie Bickerstaff Washington Bullets alum, Bernie Bickerstaff, was included in a CBS Sports Radio piece about NBA players and coaches reuniting during the summer. Bickerstaff was a mentor to current head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Mike Brown.
- Bob Dandridge Washington Bullets alum Bob Dandridge sat down with Glenn Consor for a Monumental Memories segment in which he recalls the pinnacle of his playing days: the 1978 Championship.
- Rick Mahorn Unveils Renovated Basketball Court Washington Bullets alum, Rick Mahorn, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling of the Belle Isle basketball courts in Detroit on July 17. The Detroit Pistons worked with Sprite to renovate the courts for Metro Detroit Youth Day.
- Tracy Murray Washington Bullets/Wizards alum, Tracy Murray, recently sat down to discuss the Los Angeles Lakers and his new team, the BallUp Streetball Crew, with Yahoo Sports Radio.
- Austin Carr Washington Bullets alum, and Washington, DC native, Austin Carr was profiled by Gerry Nason. The article is the first of two parts, one focusing on Carr’s collegiate career with Notre Dame and the next on his professional career from the time he was drafted.
- Bullets Alum, Pervis Ellison, daughter commits to Maryland Aja Ellison, the daughter of Washington Bullets Alum Pervis Ellison, announced on June 22 that she would be playing college basketball at the University of Maryland. The 6’3” wing picked Maryland over Notre Dame, Louisville, and Stanford.
- Christian Laettner Washington Wizards Alum, Christian Laettner hosted a youth basketball camp at Nichols School, his alma mater, in Buffalo, New York. Laettner says the camp, running from July 8-11, may become an annual reason for him to return to his hometown.
- James Jones Washington Bullets Alum, James Jones played at a Pro-Am golf tournament on June 28 in Alexandria, VA. After the tournament, Jones reflected on his recent induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the impact that Grambling football coach Eddie Robinson made on his career path and life.
- Bernie Bickerstaff added to Cavaliers Coaching Staff The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Friday June 28 that they hired former Bullets assistant coach, Bernie Bickerstaff as an assistant coach. Bickerstaff most recently was an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bickerstaff has a long history of coaching as both a head coach and assistant.
- Michael Adams, Garry Witts Join New England Basketball Hall of Fame Washington Bullets Alums, Michael Adams and Garry Witts were inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on June 22. The ceremony in Worcester, MA drew more than 1,800 people to celebrate the 300 new honorees.
- James Jones Inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Washington Bullets Alum, James “Jimmy” Jones was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame with the Class of 2013 on June 29. Though he was the Bullets’ number one pick in the 1967 draft, Jones opted to begin his career in the ABA. He became one of the league’s top players, averaging 19.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game and making 6 ABA All-Star teams, before ending his career in the NBA with the Bullets. Congratulations Jimmy!
- John Egan Honored at Wrigley Field Washington Bullets Alum, John Egan was honored on April 10 at Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs game alongside his fellow Loyola University 1963 Championship teammates Rich Rochelle and Chuck Wood. The 1963 Loyola team fielded 4 African American starters, breaking racial barriers across all of NCAA basketball.
- A Look at Bob Dandridge Washington Bullets Alum, Bob Dandridge’s NBA career may be over but he is certainly not forgotten. A recent article revealed what he has been up to since his days playing basketball.
- Dave Bing Washington Bullets Alum and current Detroit Mayor, Dave Bing participated in a Detroit march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 historic march and speech on June 23. Martin Luther King III and Rev. Jesse Jackson also participated in the march.
- Tom McMillen Talks Rhodes Program Washington Bullets Alum, Tom McMillen talks about his history balancing the Rhodes Program at Oxford and an NBA career in a video for the Rhodes Trust Fund.
- 20 Most Dominant College Basketball Players in History While there are many college basketball players who are considered “great” or “outstanding”, truly dominant players are much harder to find. The Bleacher Report has ranked the 20 Most Dominant College Basketball players in history. Among those twenty players, four of them are Bullets Alumni. Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld, Bernard King and Austin Carr join the ranks of those who “dominated” the floor. Check out the link below to see who made the list!
- Monumental Memories: Bernie Bickerstaff Former Washington Bullets assistant coach, Bernie Bickerstaff sat down with Glenn Consor as part of a Monumental Memories segment on Monumental Network to discuss the 1978 championship team and his unique position to evaluate talent, from past to present.
- Bullets Improbable NBA Championship Won 35 Years Ago Local writer David Elfin recently interviewed Kevin Grevey, Jerry Sachs, and Dick Motta for a story honoring the 35th anniversary of the Bullets’ improbable 1978 NBA Championship. Most thought the Washington Bullets would not be alive for long in the 1978 playoffs. Yet, against all odds, the Bullets won the only championship of the franchise’s 52 seasons, defeating the Super Sonics 105-99 in Game 7 at Seattle. Clink on the link to read more on our 1978 Championship Bullets team!
- Pervis Ellison Inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Washington Bullets and University of Louisville Alum, Pervis Ellison was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame on June 13th. Ellison played center for the University of Louisville basketball team from 1986-1989. As a freshman, he received the nickname “Never Nervous Pervis” for his style of play, and helped his team to win the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship in 1986. Ellison was the second freshman ever to be named Most Outstanding Player. In 1989, Ellison was the first overall pick in the NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. Following his rookie season, Ellison was traded to the Washington Bullets where he played from 1990-1994. Ellison averaged a career best 20 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game during the 1991-1992 season. Despite continuous knee and foot injuries, he still managed to score 4,494 points, grab 3,170 rebounds, and block 752 shots in his 11 year NBA career. Congratulations on your induction, Pervis!
- Dave Bing Will Not Seek A Second Term as Mayor of Detroit Washington Bullets Alum and Detroit Mayor, Dave Bing has decided that he will not serve a second term as Mayor. "My administration has done a tremendous amount of heavy lifting to prepare the runway of success for this city," Bing stated, in making the announcement at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
- Pervis Ellison Talks About UofL And UK Basketball Former Washington Bullet and University of Louisville star, Pervis Ellison talked to KSTV's Thomas Beisner at the Legands Open to discuss the upcoming season for both the Cards and Cats. Click on the link below to watch his interview.
- Fred Carter Washington Bullet Alum, Fred Carter joined Travis Rodgers to break down the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. Click on the link below to listen to the show!
- Monumental Memories: Kevin Grevey Washington Bullets Alum, Kevin Grevey sat down with Glenn Consor at Grevey’s Restaurant to discuss the 1978 Championship team.
- Adams and Mahorn to be Inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame Washington Bullets Alums, Michael Adams and Rick Mahorn will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Adams, a standout high school player at Hartford Public High School, went on to have a stellar collegiate career during his four years at Boston College, finishing as the school's fifth-leading scorer before being selected in the third round of the 1985 NBA Draft. Adams averaged 14.7 points, 6.7 assists and 2.9 rebounds per contest through his 11-year career. He led the NBA in 3-point field goals made during the 1987-88 and 1990-91 seasons, and made at least one 3-point field goal in 79 consecutive games across the 1988 and 1989 seasons, placing him second all-time in the NBA's record books behind (fellow Boston College alum) Dana Barros' 89. Mahorn, a standout out at Weaver High school, was a four-year letterman at Hampton Institute (University), Mahorn led the NCAA Division II in rebounding as a senior, grabbing 15.8 boards a game. The three-time NCAA Division II and NAIA All-American averaged 20.3 points and 12.3 rebounds over his collegiate career, and in the process, owned 18 school records by the time he graduated. Mahorn was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the 1980 NBA Draft. He spent five years with the Bullets. As a 6'10" center Mahorn had a reputation for physical play. Congratulations Michael and Rick on your Hall of Fame induction!
- James Jones to be Inducted Into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Washington Bullets and Grambling State University Alum, James Jones will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame on June 29th. Jones, a Tallulah native and three straight Southwestern Athletic Conference championship star, averaged 20 points; and eight rebounds in 104 games at Grambling. Jones went on to play seven years in the ABA,where he averaged 19.2 points, and 5.1 rebounds. He became only the second ABA player to score 2,000-plus in a single season (2,050 in 1968-69). He played three more seasons with Washington in the NBA, and his combined 10-season pro averages are 16.3 points (11,366 total), 4.6 rebounds (2,930) and 4.5 assists (3,069). Jones made the ABA All-Time Team and was a six-time ABA All-Star 1968-71, 1973-74). He was a three-time first-team All-ABA selection (1969, 1973, 1974) while playing for the New Orleans Buccaneers (1967-70), the Memphis Pros (1970-71) and the Utah Stars (1971-74). Congratulations on your induction James!
- Rick Mahorn:”There Will Always Be Detractors” Jason Collins’ decision to disclose he is gay drew support from the White House, NBA Players and other athletes. Collins is the first American athlete in a Major sport to declare the he is gay. Among the supportive is former Washington Bullet, Rick Mahorn. Mahorn says, it’s important to just stay true to yourself.
- Darrell Walker Candidate for Detroit Coaching Position Washington Bullets Alum and former New York Knicks assistant coach, Darrell Walker is a candidate for the Detroit Pistons coaching position. Walker has 13 seasons as an NBA coach under his belt. Walker began his coaching career as an assistant on the Inaugural Toronto Raptors squad of 1995-96. Walker has served as head coach for two different teams- the Raptors and the Washington Wizards.
- Jeff Ruland Inducted into Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame Washington Bullets and Sachem High School Alum, Jeff Ruland joined eight new inductees in Virginia for induction into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame. Ruland was a standout center for Sachem High School from 1975-1977. During his high school career, Ruland scored 1, 186 points and averaged 28.2 in free throws. Ruland played collegiate basketball for Iona College and was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 1980 NBA draft. He spent a year playing overseas in Barcelona, Spain. Upon his return to the states his draft rights were traded to the Washington Bullets. Ruland spent five years with the Bullets. Ruland's first year he came off the bench and averaged 14 points and 9 rebounds a game. Ruland was a starter his second season and was a league leader in shooting and rebounds per game. He was named to the 1982-1983 NBA all-star team. Congratulations on your induction Jeff!
- Phil Walker: W2 Group Washington Bullets Alum, Phil Walker and his firm the W2 Group, an energy conservation and sustainability services firm based in Philadelphia, PA, formed a new strategic partnership with Energy Edge Technologies Corporation and its subsidiary, Energy Edge Solutions. The new affiliation will expand its reach and potential market share across the Philadelphia and New Jersey regions. The W2 group focuses on assisting clients with transforming their buildings into cost-efficient and environmentally safe facilities. This partnership will allow them to identify appropriate and efficient ways of optimizing energy use and reducing costs for their clients. Congratulations to the W2 Group on their milestone!
- Garry Witts to be Inducted into New England Basketball Hall of Fame Washington Bullet and College of Holy Cross Alum, Garry Witts has been named to the 2013 New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Witts played at Holy Cross from 1977-1981. He played in 115 games, and scored 1,397 points during his collegiate career. College of Holy Cross played in three post season tournaments, ’79 NIT, ’80 NCAA, and ’81 NIT. Witts was selected in the fifth round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets and was the #1 player chosen from New England colleges. Witts played 46 games during his only season with the Bullets, with a field goal average of .583, 38 assists, and .825 free throw average. Congratulations on your induction Gary!
- James Jones to be Inducted in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Washing ton Bullets and Grambling State Alum, James Jones will be inducted in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in late June. Jones helped Grambling win three Southwestern Athletic Conference titles while averaging 20 points and 8 rebounds. He was the 13th pick in the 1967 NBA Draft. Jones appeared in six All-Star Games and became the second player in the league with 2,000 points in NBA histor. Congratulations on your induction James!
- Bing for Re-Election Former Washington Bullet and current Detroit Mayor, Dave Bing, signed his nomination petition and collected his petition forms but is still deciding on taking the re-election bid.
- Monumental Today Washington Wizards Alum and Portland Trailblazer assistant coach, David Vanterpool sat down with Casey Phillips to discuss the NBA playoffs. Click the link below to watch the video!
- Coaches Corner: Doug Overton Former Washington Bullet alum and current Brooklyn Nets assistant coach, Doug Overton spoke with SLAM Magazine about his son signing to play college hoops in the ACC at Wake Forest before Brooklyn took on the Chicago Bulls in Game 3 of the 2013 Playoffs.
- Coaches' Corner: Dick Motta Former Washington Bullets head coach Dick Motta sits down with Dave Johnson to recall his championship season and explains his famous “Opera ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings” line.
- Earl Monroe Washington Bullets and New York Knicks alum, Earl Monroe joined the majority of the 1972-1973 New York Knicks Championship team for their 40th NBA Championship anniversary celebration earlier this month. With six future Hall of Fame contenders on their team, the Knicks beat the Lakers in five games to win their second title in four years.
- A Look Back at Wes Unseld During the 70’s, the Washington Bullets were a championship contending team. One of NBA’s greatest rookies of all time, Unseld was drafted by the Bullets second in the 1968 NBA Draft from the University of Louisville. In his first season, he was named NBA Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. He averaged 13.8 points and 18.2 rebounds his first year in the league.
- Phil Chenier and Emeka Okafor Discuss Fatherhood Former Washington Bullet Phil Chenier sits down with current Wizards Center Emeka Okafor for dinner to discuss fatherhood. Emeka and his wife Ilana are expecting their first child at the end of May.
- Loyola Championship: 50th Anniversary Washington Bullets and Loyola University alum, John Egan celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Loyola University’s 1963 NCAA Championship team. The 1963 Loyola team helped to tear down the color barrier in college basketball. The starting lineup known as the “Iron Five,” played a vibrant style of basketball and led the nation in scoring with 92.3 points per game. Despite the Ramblers’ NCAA championship, the team will always be remembered for its role in a NCAA Regional contest against Mississippi State, which later became known as the Game of Change. On November 24, the Ramblers will be the first team ever inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Tom McMillen to be Inducted into National Collegiate Hall of Fame Washington Bullets and University of Maryland alum Tom McMillen will be inducted into the National Collegiate Hall of Fame on November 24 in Kansas City. McMillen was not aware that he was being considered, until he received a phone call revealing his impending induction thanks to Terrapins longtime coach Lefty Driesell. In 1972, McMillen then a freshman, helped lead his team to the NIT Title. Congratulations Tom on your induction!
- Courtside Report Washington Bullets Alumni Jerry Sachs and Greg Ballard joined Casey Phillips to recall their title run as the team reunited at the 35th Anniversary dinner.
- Monumental Memories: 1978 Championship Bullets In honor of the 35th anniversary of the Washington Bullets Championship win, we take a look back at that special season and what it meant to the city.
- Monumental Memories: Bullets Roundtable Washington Bullets Alumni Tom Henderson, Larry Wright and Kevin Grevey sit down with Glenn Consor to discuss the 1978 championship team.
- 1978 Washington Bullets Championship Team Honored In honor of the 35th Anniversary of the Washington Bullets winning the NBA Championship, the 1978 team was honored in a halftime ceremony during the Wizards vs. Pacers game on Saturday.
- The 50 Best Moments in March Madness History While the NCAA Tournament is rarely about individual records, this article was able to make one exception for this former Washington Bullet who played for Notre Dame. Can you guess the player?
- Life Center’s Ellison Rooting For His Alma Mater Washington Bullets and University of Louisville Alumni, Pervis Ellison was excited about his alma mater possibly ending its 26 year National Championship drought. Ellison was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 1986 NCAA tournament when he led the Cardinals to their last national title. All of Ellison’s cheering was heard and received by the Cardinals as they claimed the third National Championship in school history.
- UNC History: Top 20 UNC Basketball Teams of All-Time The 1977 University of North Carolina Tar Heel squad was led by former Washington Bullet, who went be by the nickname “Secretary of Defense.” Click on the link to find out more!
- Bernard King to Join Hall of Fame Washington Bullets Alumni Bernard King will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September. A four time All-Star, King retired with 19,665 points in 874 games, averaging 22.5 points per game during his career and was ranked 16th on the all-time NBA scoring list. Joining King in the 2013 Hall of Fame class will be Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, Gary Payton and former Houston coach Guy Lewis. Congratulations Bernard King!
- 1978 Washington Bullets Championship Team Recognition In 1978 the Washington Bullets defeated the Seattle Supersonics in game seven to become the NBA World Champions. Thirty-five years have passed since that monumental occasion. Join us in welcoming back the championship team and staff as we pay tribute to the members of the team in a special 35th anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 6 vs. Indiana Pacers at 7pm. A replica championship ring will be the fan giveaway for the night, and the Championship team will be honored with a special half-time celebration.
- Jeff Ruland Talks Coaching With Glenn Consor Washington Bullets Alumni and University of District of Columbia Head Coach Jeff Ruland recently joined Glenn Consor for an edition of “Coaches Corner” on Monumental Network.
- Monumental Memories with Elvin Hayes In this special episode of Monumental Memories on Monumental Network, John Wall & Elvin Hayes talk about the significance of #11.
- Mitch Kupchak Shares Thoughts on Jerry Buss Washington Bullets Alumni and Los Angeles Lakers General Manager, Mitch Kupchak talks with the media about his memories and gratitude for the late Lakers owner Jerry Buss.
- Wali Jones Nominated Hall of Fame Washington Bullets Alumni and Sports Inside and Out Radio Show Host, Wali Jones will be inducted into the John Hunter Memorial Sports Camp Inc. Bob Douglas Hall of Fame in New York on June 2, 2013. Jones was drafted as the 18th overall pick in the third round of the 1964 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. In his first year, Jones played for the Baltimore Bullets and was named to the NBA All-Star Rookie Team while helping the team reach the playoffs. Jones was also inducted in the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, Over Brook High School Hall of Fame, Villanova University Hall of Fame, the Big Five Hall of Fame, the Black Sports and Cultural Hall of Fame of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, and the NBA Hall of Fame as a member of the 1967 World Champion 76ers that was named the Greatest Team in the NBA's first 35 years. Congratulations Wali!
- Get Wired With Rick Mahorn Follow Washington Bullets Alumni Rick Mahorn on the sidelines in Detroit.
- Michael Adams Makes 79 Threes In 1988, Bullets Alum Michael Adams started a streak that would last almost an entire NBA season. Although he did not make all 79 three’s in one game, he did however make at least one a game for 79 straight games. Check out his floating “push shot” in the clip down below.
- CSN Phil Walker Interview Phil Chenier and Steve Buckhantz caught up with Washington Bullets Alumni, Phil Walker on the road January 30 in Philadelphia before the Wizards vs 76ers game. Walker was drafted by the Bullets in the second round (39th overall) of the 1977 NBA Draft and was a part of the 1977-1978 Championship team. Walker talks about his memories from the 1978 championship and the upcoming 35thAnniversary celebration at the Wizards game April 6.
- Houston’s Top Five All-Star Moments Take a trip down memory lane with some of the top All-Star moments in Houston, Texas. In the 1979 All-Star Game, Washington Bullets Alum, Elvin Hayes joined Moses Malone and Rudy Tomjanovich of the Houston Rockets for the Eastern Conference Team.
- Monumental Memories In a special episode of Monumental Memories the Washington Bullets Alumni recall the year that three players from the franchise were named to the NBA All-Star team.
- Earl Monroe Words Of Wisdom Bullets Alumni, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe gave some insightful words to the Winston-Salem University football team on his last visit telling them to, “savor every minute” stated Monroe. “When I was playing in the NBA, we got to the Finals three years in a row, and I just thought it would always be like that,” Monroe said “we never got back to the finals again.
- Jimmy Jones Nominated for Hall of Fame by the ABA Committee Washington Bullets Alumni, Jimmy Jones was nominated for the Naismith Hall of Fame by the ABA Committee. The ABA Committee is only allowed to elect one member from their list into the Hall of Fame. Jimmy was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in 1967, as well by the New Orleans Buccaneers in the 1967 ABA Draft. He played seven seasons in the ABA before joining the Bullets in 1947. Six-time all-star, All ABA First Team '69, '73 and '74. Member of the ABA 30-Man All-Time team. Congratulations Jimmy on your nomination!
- Bernard King and Bob Dandridge among Hall of Fame Nominees Washington Bullets Alumni Bernard King and Bob Dandridge, join Dick Motta on the ballot for nomination into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Each nominee will go before a nine-person panel, in which they must acquire seven “yes” votes in order to move on to the final stage. The finalists will be announced on All-Star weekend in Houston and the final list of inductees will be announced in April.
- Posting Up with Stan Love Check out this video of former Bullet Stan Love on Comcast SportsNet’s Posting Up.
- Catching Up With Clem Haskins Bullets Alum Clem Haskins was one of the first black athletes to integrate the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers basketball program. Haskins completed his college career with numerous honors, including Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year in 1966 and 1967 and First-Team All-American in 1967. He was the 3rd overall pick in the 1967 NBA draft. He arrived in Washington in 1974 and played 2 seasons in DC before retiring in 1976. He tallied 6,743 points in his career. After retiring from playing, Haskins returned to his alma mater to become an assistant coach for Western Kentucky. He would eventually become head coach. In 1982, Clem received the honor of Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year. After coaching Western Kentucky, Haskins became the head coach at University of Minnesota. His most accomplished season came in 1996-97 when he led the Golden Gophers to a first-place finish the Big Ten regular season standings and the school’s only Final Four appearance.
- Bullets Monumental Memories Join Washington Bullets Alumni Len “Truck” Robinson, Phil Chenier and Bob Dandridge as they take us down memory lane and discuss how cards and golf brought them together.
- Dick Motta for Hall of Fame Former Washington Bullets Coach Dick Motta is among thirty-one candidates nominated for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Motta, a graduate of Utah State University, began his coaching career at a High School in Idaho. He transitioned to the NBA two years later, coaching for the Chicago Bulls for 11 years, before he became the head coach of the Washington Bullets. In his second season as coach, Motta led the Bullets to their first and only National Basketball Association Championship in 1978. He has coached for over 25 years in the NBA. Motta holds the unique distinction of being one of the few coaches in NBA history who never played on the high school, college or pro basketball and is ranked in the top 10 in coaching victories.
- World of the Buffalo Braves Did you know that long before the Los Angeles Clippers, there were the Buffalo Braves? If not, ask former Bullet Jack Marin. The Buffalo Braves joined the National Basketball Association in 1970 during the time of expansion which also welcomed the Portland Trailblazers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Buffalo started the season of with a bang, averaging 46 wins and reaching the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
- The Blue Devil Vault Presents Join Former Bullet and Blue Devil, Mark Alarie as he sits down with The Blue Devil Network to discuss his recruitment and what it is like to be under the leadership of Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Alarie was a two-time All- Atlantic Coast Conference first team selection and a third team All-American while at Duke University. He still ranks seventh on the Blue Devils All-Time scoring list with 2,136 points and remains one of only eleven players to top the 2,000 – point mark.
- Twas the Night Before Christmas Bullets Alum, Bernard King was paid homage by Spike Lee in a Christmas Ad titled “Royalty is BIG”. The Commercial tells the story about B.K. form the BK, as Lee narrates and gives his depiction of the King’s big game which broke a franchise record. “It’s 1984, the Garden is packed and I’m sitting in the last row. I could touch the room. And Bernard King, he was giving the Nets the business. 10, 20, 40 points. Second half, 50, 60 points. He was stopping and popping, posting and toasting. All hail the King.”
- Darrell Walker Graduates 33 Years after Enrolling After nearly 30 years from playing his last game as a Arkansas Razorback, former Bullet Darrell Walker has graduated with his college degree. Walker entered into the NBA before he received his diploma and went on to coaching after his playing career was over. Walker’s former college coach Eddie Sutton attended the graduation and was pleased to see him graduate.
- Dave Bing Honors World Series Bet Former Bullet and current Detroit Mayor Dave Bing will honor his World Series bet made with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. In an ESPN interview before the World Series, Bing was so confident in the Tigers abilities that he bet a day of service in San Francisco with youth and youth programs, if the Tigers lost the World Series. After the Tigers lost in a 4 game sweep, Mayor Bing traveled to the West Coast to tour AT&T Park, the Giants stadium, with kids of the park’s Junior Giants program. The program targets youth baseball activities to at-risk youth.
- Jack Marin Listed Among Top 15 Most Underrated Duke Players Former Bullet Jack Marin was recently listed as one of the top 15 most underrated Duke Blue Devil players. Some argue that much of Duke University basketball’s success can be attributed to Jack Marin. Marin’s junior and senior years were particularly outstanding. During his junior year, Marin averaged a double-double with 19.1 ppg and 10.3 rpg. During his senior year, Marin averaged 18.6 ppg and 9.7 rpg.
- Christian Laettner’s Trip Home Check out this video of former Wizard Christian Laettner who takes a trip to his hometown of Angola, NY. Laettner visits his former high school, a few of his favorite restaurants, and talks about growing up in Angola.
- Stan Love Visits Son in League Check out this video of former Bullet Stan Love visiting his son, NBA All-Star, Kevin Love. Love Sr. plays the character of Wes from the Uncle Drew. He is astonished at how similar Love Jr.’s game is to his own.
- Austin Carr to Be Part of 75th Anniversary NCAA March Madness Celebration Former Bullet, Austin Carr, was recently listed as one of the top 75 March Madness players of all time. Carr is Notre Dame's all-time career scoring leader with 2,560 points and a 34.6 career scoring average. He also ranks as the greatest scorer in NCAA tournament history, with a 41.3 career scoring average in NCAA games.
- Dave Bing says Syracuse Coach Best Ever Mayor of Detroit and Syracuse alum, Dave Bing, was in attendance during the 900th win for Syracuse Head Coach, Jim Boeheim. Syracuse was playing the University of Detroit. Despite Syracuse nearly losing its 22-point lead, they held on to win 72-68. After the game, Bing said “he’s proven that he’s one of the best coaches ever in college basketball to get 900 wins.” Boeheim and Bing were roommates while playing for Syracuse University.