Alumni News

    April 2014

  • Kevin Grevey Offers Opinions About 2014 Bracket
  • While stranded at the Atlanta Airport on Monday Mar. 17 Kevin Grevey called into the Kiley and Boom radio show to offer his opinions about his alma mater Kentucky and the Dayton-Ohio State matchup. Grevey was a first round draft pick for the Bullets in 1975 and stayed with the team through 1985. He was part of the 1978 Championship team and a two time SEC player of the year.
  • NCAA Tournament Brings Ellison Family Together
  • The Final Four will return to Dallas for the first time since 1986. The last time the games were played there Pervis Ellison helped bring Louisville a National Title. Now he gets to share his love of basketball with his daughter Aja and son Malik, both standout players themselves. Before the two head off to college in the next few years, Ellison can still enjoy watching the tournament with his children. Ellison played for the Bullets from 1990 to 1994. In 1992 he was awarded the NBA’s Most Improved Player title.
  • NCAA Tournament Brings Ellison Family Together
  • The Final Four will return to Dallas for the first time since 1986. The last time the games were played there Pervis Ellison helped bring Louisville a National Title. Now he gets to share his love of basketball with his daughter Aja and son Malik, both standout players themselves. Before the two head off to college in the next few years, Ellison can still enjoy watching the tournament with his children. Ellison played for the Bullets from 1990 to 1994. In 1992 he was awarded the NBA’s Most Improved Player title.
  • Basketball in His Blood
  • For Harvey Grant, NCAA basketball means the chance to watch his sons compete. The three eldest Grant boys Jerian, Jerai and Jerami all have Division 1 experience. Despite on the court rivalries, family comes first for the Grants. During the 2014 NCAA tournament the entire family stood behind Jerami after he recovered from a back injury to lead Syracuse past Western Michigan to the round of 32. Grant was a Bullets first round draft pick in 1988 and was second in voting for Most Improved Player in 1991.
  • Mitch Kupchak Saw Promise at Big 12 Tournament
  • Mitch Kupchak was among the scouts who used the Big 12 Tournament to evaluate potential prospects for the 2014-2015 NBA Season. Kupchak would not comment on which players he was watching, however he explained the tournament was one of the best ways to watch the greatest college players all at the same time.
  • Coach Bernie Bickerstaff Inducted into Rio Grande Hall of Fame
  • Former Bullets assistant coach and current Cavaliers assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff was inducted into the University of Rio Grande Athletic Hall of Fame on Mar. 22. Bickerstaff’s coaching career began in 1968 at the University of San Diego. After three seasons at the college level Bickerstaff moved up to the NBA as an assistant coach for the Bullets in 1973. He stayed with the team until 1985 and then returned from 1996 to 1999.

    March 2014

  • Daryl Morey Calls Mitch Kupchak Top Negotiator in the NBA
  • The Lakers have had their share of hardships this season; however GM Mitch Kupchak is still the best negotiator in the NBA according to colleague Daryl Morey. Kupchak has pulled off incredible trades in the past, acquiring talent such as Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. Kupchak was a first round draft pick by the Bullets in 1976 and played with the team through the 1981 season. He is a three-time NBA champion, the first of which he earned with the Washington Bullets.
  • Elvin Hayes Joined BBVA and NBA Cares at Crespo Elementary
  • On Feb. 27 Elvin Hayes joined Clyde Drexler and other NBA legends to team with NBA Cares and BBVA Compass in an initiative to bring financial education to elementary school children. Hayes, a twelve time NBA All-Star, played for the Washington Bullets from 1972 to 1981 and was part of the 1978 NBA Championship team.
  • Earl Lloyd Honored for Black History Month
  • In honor of Black History Month, West Virginia State University celebrated Earl Lloyd, the first African American to play in the NBA and an alumnus of the university. Lloyd was selected by the Washington Capitals of the American Basketball Association, breaking the color barrier in basketball. His career highlights include an NBA Championship with the Syracuse Nationals in 1955.
  • Dave Bing Headlines 2014 ACC Men's Basketball Legends Class
  • Dave Bing, the former SU shooting guard, was named to the 2014 ACC Men's Basketball Legends Class on Wednesday. Bing was an All-American for the Orange and a 7-time NBA All-Star, as well as an NBA Hall of Famer. Watch the video to hear from Bing on his latest honor.
  • 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.

    February 2014

  • 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.

    January 2014

  • 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.

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