Alumni News

April 2015

  • Ennis Whatley Inducted into Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
  • Former basketball star Ennis Whatley was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday May 16. He is Alabama’s all-time assist per game leader at 6.32. He was a first round NBA draft pick and spent 10 years playing for seven different teams. During the 1986-87 season, he played in 73 games for the Bullets and averaged 8.5 points per game.
  • Rick Mahorn Earns His Degree
  • Rick Mahorn attended Hampton Institute but left twelve credits shy of obtaining his degree to play in the NBA. Thirty-five years later he has completed his education and graduated on May 10 2015. Congratulations Rick!
  • Bob Dandridge Participates in Local Golf Tournament
  • Bob Dandridge participated in the 3rd Annual Melanie D. Strudler Memorial Golf Tournament. The event took place at Norbeck Country Club in Rockville Maryland on May 4. All proceeds were donated to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.
  • Christian Laettner Hosts Basketball Camp in Walker, Minnesota
  • Bullets alum, Christian Laettner, will be hosting a basketball camp in Minnesota. It is a three-day camp from June 15-17 and takes place at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School. Camp is open to Boys and girls ages 6-18.
  • Dave Bing Recognized at Heroes for Hope Gala
  • Dave Bing was recently honored for his contributions in rebuilding the city of Detroit. Currently, he is mentoring young men of color through his Bing Youth Institute.
  • Austin Rivers, Austin Carr and Doc
  • Austin Rivers is named after the former Bullets player Austin Carr. When Doc was younger he looked up to teammate Carr and was always inspired by him.

    April 2015

  • Playoff Flashback
  • On April 22, 1976 the Bullets played the Cavaliers in an exciting game five. After splitting the first four games of the series, the Bullets played the Cavaliers at the Coliseum in Richfield. Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld, and the Eastern Conference Champion Bullets played in front of a then-record NBA playoff crowd of 21,312. Elvin Hayes scored 25 points as Washington fell to the cavs 92-91.
  • Awvee Storey to Host Basketball Camps
  • Awvee Storey recently held a Nike Basketball Camp for children ages 8-15 at Fairfax High School. This summer Awvee Storey will run Nike Basketball camps in Leesburg, VA for boys and girls ages 8-15 at Ida Lee Rec Center and in Fairfax, Virginia at George Mason University.
  • High School Player of the Week
  • We have wrapped up our first season of High School Player of the Week. Emileigh Scott, a sophomore at Howard High School and Will Robinson Jr., a senior at Oakland Mills High School were our final winners.
  • King and Steady Buckets
  • On April 14, Bernard King supported NYC Children’s Charity Steady Buckets. Steady Buckets is a not-for-profit organization that provides basketball training for approximately 600 boys and girls from all five boroughs of New York City.

    March 2015

  • Elvin Hayes Receives Legends Locker
  • On March 1, Elvin Hayes received a Legends Locker at the Toyota Center in Houston on the upper concourse. The exhibit honors seven top players and contains photos, memorabilia, and artifacts along with a uniform, autographed ball and biographical information. Moses Malone will also have memorabilia within the exhibit.
  • King Recognized at Thompson-Boling Arena
  • On March 7, Bernard King was recognized during the University of Tennessee’s home game against South Carolina. He was a Vol for three seasons before going pro. King is the Vols lone representative in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Darrell Walker Honored as SEC Legend
  • On March 11 Darrell Walker was honored at the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. An Associated Press, Converse and UPI second-team All-American for basketball coach Eddie Sutton in 1983; Walker was named to the first-team All-Southwest Conference and the NABC all-district team. He was a first-round NBA Draft pick, the 12th overall selection, of the New York Knicks in 1983.
  • McMillen Receives Outstanding Directors Award
  • On March 19 Tom McMillen received the Washington Business Journal and the National Associations of Corporate Directors 4th Annual Outstanding Director’s Award. He was nominated for his outstanding service on the University of Maryland’s Board of Regents. Congratulations to Tom McMillen.
  • Jim McIlvaine Blog Wonders
  • Sportsblog.com has dubbed Jim Mcllvaines blog, The Bizarre World of Jim Mcllvaine, February’s Pro Leaderboard Winner. Jim Mcllvaine blogs about basketball and other sports topics each month, providing insights as a former player and analyst. Congrats Jim.
  • Jerian Grant and Notre Dame
  • On March 23, Harvey Grant recently discussed his son, Jerian Grant, who competed with the Notre Dame Irish in the Sweet 16 on March 26 and went on to the Elite 8. “I'm the proudest dad in the world," declared former Bullets Alum player Harvey Grant. "He worked so hard, grew up so much in the past year and a half. I'm just so happy for the whole team and the whole university."
  • ESPN’s I Hate Christian Laettner
  • On Sunday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ESPN debuted a “30 for 30” documentary titled “I Hate Christian Laettner”. This documentary showcased an amusing, affectionate and quite informative look at the hostility directed at the Duke basketball star in the early 1990s. It was partly an exploration of Duke’s success in those years and partly a look at specific elements that motivated Laettner-haters.
  • #AmexWizards Show
  • On March 12, Bullets Alum Michael Adams stopped by the American Express Homecourt Advantage show to talk about his coaching career, the state of the Wizards, and John Wall point guard matchups.

    February 2015

  • Bucks to Retire Number 10 in Honor of Bob Dandridge
  • The Milwaukee Bucks will retire Bob Dandridge’s jersey number 10 during a half-time ceremony at the Wizards vs. Bucks game on March 7. Dandridge is a four-time NBA All-Star who won two NBA Championships in his career; the first with Milwaukee in 1971 and the second with Washington in 1978. Dandridge was selected from Norfolk State University by the Bucks with the second pick of the fourth round in the 1969 NBA Draft (45th overall). His career averages were 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 839 games over 13 seasons in the NBA. Congratulations to Bob Dandridge!
  • Alumni Association Welcomes Antwan Jamison
  • Jamison was a fourth round draft pick in the 1998 NBA draft, selected by the Toronto Raptors. In 2004, Jamison joined the Washington Wizards. He spent five and-a-half seasons with the Wizards, averaging 20.8 points and 8.8 rebounds over 42.1 games. Welcome Antawn Jamison!
  • Earl Monroe Receives 10th Annual Sports Legacy Awards
  • On Jan 19 Earl Monroe received the 10th Annual Sports Legacy Award. He was joined by fellow recipients and NBA guests Jason Collins and Chauncey Billups. The trio participated in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sports Legacy Symposium to discuss the ongoing journey for equality.
  • Etan Thomas Hosts the NBA All-Star Youth Summit
  • On Feb 13, Etan Thomas was a moderator for the NBA All-Star Youth Summit along with Lenny Green. The panelists included John Wallace, Chris Broussard, Isiah Thomas, Hosea Chanchez, and Kevin Powell.
  • Gheorghe Muresan Cuts Ribbon at Fresh Meadows Basketball Court
  • On Feb 13 Gheorghe Muresan helped cut the ribbon on the Fresh Meadows schools new basketball court as a part of the NBA’s season-long effort to educate one million New York City children about the importance of staying fit.
  • King Judges All-Star Dunk Contest
  • On Feb 14, Bernard King was one of five Hall of Fame judges for the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest
  • King and Malone Participate in All-Star Activities
  • During All-Star Weekend, Bernard King and Earl Monroe attended the annual ‘Legends Brunch’ and the NBA All-Star basketball game on Feb 15
  • Laettner Hosts Camps
  • On Feb 1 Laettner hosted three youth basketball clinics at the Boys & Girls Clubs in the Richmond, VA area.
  • Grant Family High School Hoops
  • On Feb 8, Harvey Grant attended his son, Jaelin’s, basketball game at Dematha Catholic School.

    January 2015

  • Whatley to Be Inducted into Alabama Hall of Fame
  • On May 16, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame will induct Ennis Whatley. He was born in Birmingham and played collegiately at the University of Alabama. He led the Crimson Tide to the SEC Tournament championship during his freshman year. We would like to congratulate Ennis on this amazing achievement!
  • High School Player of the Week
  • The Washington Bullets & Wizards Alumni Association has partnered with the Howard County Times and Howard County Schools to award a Skills and Sportsmanship award weekly to a varsity boy and girl basketball team member who exemplify outstanding play and sportsmanship. Alumni present the awards each week.
  • Monroe Honored at MLK Celebration
  • Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, four-time NBA All-Star and Bullets Alum, was honored for his contributions to civil and human rights with the 10th annual sports legacy award presented by FedEx during the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration hosted by the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Laettner Speaks at Saint Stephen’s Gala
  • On Jan. 24, Christian Laettner spoke at Saint. Stephen’s third annual Game Changers benefit at IMG Golf and Country Club in Bradenton, FL. Game Changers celebrates Saint Stephen’s athletics and reinforce the schools four athletic pillars of leadership, scholarship, integrity, and service. The proceeds are used for an array of athletic projects at Saint Stephen’s.
  • Etan Thomas Celebrates MLK with the Wizards
  • Wizards Alum Etan Thomas joined panelists Cortni Grange, Earl Stafford, Sebastian Salazar, and Chris Miller on Monday, Jan. 19 at the Washington Wizards “We Are Dreamers” panel in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Muresan Leads Basketball Clinic at Potomac Community Center
  • On Jan. 4, Gheorghe Muresan hosted a free basketball clinic in his local community of Potomac, MD. Muresean, originally from Romania with a height of 7’-7,” was an NBA basketball player for both the Bullets and Wizards and is now active in working with children in the community and on a global level.
  • Austin Carr and Jim Chones at Cavalier-Chicago Game
  • Earlier this month Austin Carr and Jim Chones talked with Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer before the Cavaliers-Chicago Bulls basketball game.

    December 2014

      li> Porter’s Jersey Retired at St. Francis University On Dec. 6, Kevin Porter was honored at St. Francis University as one of the greatest players to ever wear a Red Flash uniform. As stated in the press release on the event, Porter is “regarded as one of the best passers in NBA history, [he] scored 1,766 points with the Frankies from 1969-72 before his 10-year pro career.” Porter also coached at the university from 1983-1987. His uniform is now on display beside Maurice Stokes and Norm Van Lier.
    • Ballard Inducted Into Oregon Hall of Fame
    • The University of Oregon honored their all-time leading rebounder, Greg Ballard, this past November as part of the Progressive Legends Classic. He was the team’s MVP and all-American player during his senior year in 1976-1977, and he is now inducted into the Ducks hall of fame. As their 6’7” forward, he is recognized as the university’s highest ever NBA draft pick--he was selected by the Washington Bullets in the fourth round.
    • Reliving History – Commemorating Christian Laettner on the 30-for-30
    • Famous for scoring the game winning shot of what is deemed the greatest game ever played, Wizards alum Christian Laettner will be featured on the 30-for-30 series. The content of the show will include “extensive access to Laettner, previously unseen footage and perspectives from all sides," and the expected air date is sometime on Selection Sunday this March. It is predicted that the tribute will focus not only on the 1992 Duke-Kentucky game, but also on his 13-year NBA career, Barcelona Olympic Team performance, and recent philanthropic ventures.
    • Alexandria Hall of Fame Honors Earl Lloyd
    • Earl Lloyd, the first African American to play for the NBA, was inducted into Alexandria City Public Schools’ first ever Athletic Hall of Fame. Lloyd began his career in 1950, and continued to play professionally for nine seasons, averaging 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Earl Lloyd Jr, pictured left, accepted the award for his father at the ceremony on Dec. 5.
    • Etan Thomas and Michael Adams Sign Autographs at Wizards’ Kids Day
    • On Dec. 14, Etan Thomas & Michael Adams joined in on the fun and games of the Washington Wizards annual Kids Day Celebration.
    • Dave Bing Spreads Holiday Cheer at Local Children’s Hospital
    • Dave Bing visited Detroit’s Beaumont Childrens Hospital on Dec. 8 as a part of the National Basketball Retired Players Association’s 2nd annual “Day of Caring.” Bing is the founder of the organization, and led the team of retirees in delivering holiday greetings and spending the day with the patients. This event was part of a nationwide effort, as dozens of former NBA players visited Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in their local cities, including hospitals in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, and Orlando.
    • Vote for the 2015 All-Star Game!
    • Let's get our guys to New York for the 2015 All-Star game. Vote now through January 19. You can also vote on twitter, tweet John Wall #NBABallot, Paul Pierce #NBABallot, Marcin Gortat #NBABallot, post a status on facebook or a pic on Instagram with #NBABallot and our player’s full name. Stop by our All-Star table on the concourse outside section 100 to vote, enter to win prizes and more.
    • Wizards Kids Club Kit
    • Sign your favorite little Wizards fans up for the Kids Club! With a 2014-15 Kids Club memebership, you receive a Kit that includes an exclusive G-Wiz bobblehead, a foam finger, headband & wristband set, face paint, tattoo, and personalized membership card. Members also receive access to exclusive events such as the Pizza Party, Kids Club Day, player meet and greets prior to select home Wizards games, exclusive contests, and more. Sign up today!

      November 2014

    • King Makes Strides in NYC Marathon
    • Four time NBA All-Star and former Bullets player Bernard King swapped his basketball sneakers for some running shoes last month when he participated in the NYC Marathon as a member of the NBA relay team. The National Basketball Association participated in this initiative to promote physical activity and encourage fans to invest in a healthier lifestyle. The majority of the relay team members grew up in New York—King was raised in Brooklyn—and each member was responsible for running a portion of the total 26 miles. The entire relay was completed in 4:48:09.
    • Congratulations to Michael Adams ESPN 980’s Newest NBA/Wizards Insider
    • Bullets star Michael Adams is the newest addition to the ESPN team. He will be appearing on the show regularly, providing valuable insight on all things Wizards. Listen for his commendary on Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m., Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m., Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays at 11 a.m. If you cannot listen live then check out the podcasts in ESPN 980's Audio Vault.
    • Former Bullets Player Doug Overton Announced as CSN Analyst
    • Overton sported the Bullets jersey from 1992-1995, and has played in the NBA for 11 seasons. He has coached at both the college and professional levels and now he is bringing his experience and expertise to a new kind of team. He recently joined Comcast SportsNet’s broadcast crew as their Philadelphia sports analyst.
    • Former Bullets Player Doug Overton Announced as CSN Analyst
    • BINGO stands for Boys Inspired through Nurturing Growth and Opportunities, which is the name of former Bullets player Dave Bing’s new initiative to help set education and career goals for Detroit's black youth. Bing continues to look for successful black men in southern Michigan, including other former NBA players, who are willing to work with and mentor 12-18 year old students. “We've got thousands and thousands of young men in our city that need help," Bing said, and he is encouraging others to take responsibility for those kids.
    • Bob Dandridge and MSE Foundation Build Playground at Local Public School
    • Along with Capitals and Mystics players, Bullets/Wizards Alumni Association President Bob Dandridge helped build a new playground for the Imagine Lincoln Public Charter School on Oct 30. The Capitals Care report states: “The new playground’s design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in September and featured slides, monkey bars and a swing set.” The event was in partnership with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization focused on bringing physical activity back into kids’ daily routines.
    • Thomas’ Volunteer at Ketcham Elementary
    • On Nov 20, Etan Thomas and his family volunteered at Ketcham Elementary School in SE Washington D.C. The event was organized by Wizards Cares and in celebration of the Thanksgiving season, John Wall & Bradly Beal helped to provide food baskets to the entire student body of this Anacostia elementary school. Thomas was on site helping to prepare and distribute over 400 care baskets to families.
    • Laettner Visits Youth Basketball Camp
    • Christian Laettner attended the Sanford Pentagon, Sioux Falls, South Dakota youth basketball camp on Nov 15 and 16. The event was in partnership with the POWER Basketball Academy and was available for boys and girls from first to 12th grade. Camp officials stated that the workouts would focus on ball handling and offensive skills.
    • Tracy Murray in Sowing Seeds for Life Golf Tournament
    • Along with other famed NBA guests, Tracy Murray took part in the Sowing Seeds for Life golf tournament on November 3, 2014. Murray played for both the Bullets and the Wizards during his time in D.C. and was consistently a key player in leading the teams to the playoffs. Other personalities seen at the tournament included Casey Jacobsen, Jim Harrick and Chris Roberts. The tournament is in benefit of a regional charity that provides food and other services for locals in need.
    • Washington Wizards Honored with NKF Outstanding Community Service Award
    • Bob Dandridge attended the National Kidney Foundation’s 34th Annual Kidney Ball on Nov 15 to accept the service award for the Washington Wizards. The Wizards were recognized for their contributions to the cause over the years, including spreading awareness via “Kidney Nights,” fundraisers such as “Balling for a Cause,” and events celebrating “Donate Life Month” at Verizon Center. The funds raised at the ball were in support of research, public education on the issue, patient services, and organ donation awareness.
    • Redskins-Bullets Reunion at Fight Night
    • Darrell Green, former Washington Redskins Hall of Famer and Bullets alum Gheorghe Mursean, met for the first time at Fight Night. Mursean played for the Bullets from 1993-1997, while Green played for the Redskins from 1983-2002.

      October 2014

    • McMillen Fights for Paying College Athletes
    • Tom McMillen, who played for the Bullets from 1983-1986, spoke at the Forum on the state of college athletics panel on October 21. The panel was inspired by the recent National Labor Relations Board decision that student athletes are considered employees, making money a dominant focus of NCAA conversation. McMillen is calling for change, pushing for regulation on paying athletes and “ultimately there has to be congressional involvement.”
    • Buck Johnson's Son Gearing up for College Ball
    • Jamal Johnson, standing at an impressive 6'4" inches, is a sophomore in high school and has already captured the attention of universities. Basketball could be in his genes, as his father Buck Johnson played for the Bullets during the 1992-93 season. Keep an eye out for Jamal as he too makes a name for himself in this sport.
    • Laettner to Host NCAA VIP Pregame Party
    • Christian Laettner and former Indiana coach Bob Knight will be the celebrity hosts of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four. Pregame parties will take place before the semifinals on April 4 and the championship game on April 6, where basketball fans will have the chance to meet both Knight and Laettner and many other legendary players and coaches. “The NCAA Experience VIP pregame hospitality party at this year’s Men’s Final Four is going to be a great event,” says Laettner, “...I’m looking forward to joining the 2015 festivities.”
    • Wes Unseld Roast has the Crowd in Stitches
    • Wes Unseld was the featured celebrity at the 12th annual Michael Wilbon and James Brown Roast & Golf Classic on September 29. The event was in support of the DC-College Access Program, a nonprofit organization that strives to help DC high school students make their way towards a successful college career. Unseld was roasted by Mike Riordan, Bob Ferry, Phil Chenier, Kevin Grevey, Bob Dandrige and sportscaster Charlie Slowes. The event raised over $420,000 for the DC-CAP.
    • Wes Unseld to be Honored at the 12th Annual Michael Wilbon & James Brown Celebrity Roast & Golf Classic Benefitting DC-CAP
    • NBA Hall of Famer and Washington Bullets legend Wes Unseld will be the honored guest at this year’s roast and toast event, sponsored by the Washington Wizards and emceed by Wizards play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz. Celebrity roasters include former Washington Bullets players Phil Chenier, Bobby Dandridge, Bob Ferry, Kevin Grevey and Mike Riordan.
    • TSL Sports Talk Recap: Michael Wilbon
    • Co-host of ESPN’s PTI (Pardon The Interruption), Michael Wilbon, joined to talk about the 12th Annual Michael Wilbon and James Brown Celebrity Roast & Golf Classic benefitting DC College Access Program, which was held September 29-30, 2014.
    • Sportstalk with Bob Dandridge
    • Glenn Harris was joined by former Bullets great Bob Dandridge.
    • Unseld Steps into Spotlight
    • Wes Unseld has never been one to seek the spotlight. Yet there he was on Thursday, surrounded by media, NBA players past and present and several hundred youngsters who packed the gym at the Unseld School in West Baltimore for the promotion of a Washington Wizards preseason basketball game to be played in Baltimore on Oct. 20.
    • Charlie Slowes on Unseld Roast
    • If you love the Nats, you know his voice. Charlie Slowes is the play-by-play man during Nationals radio broadcasts, but before he had "Natitude," he was calling the shots for the Washington Bullets. Slowes is going back to his roots Monday night for a special celebrity roast of Bullets Hall of Famer Wes Unseld.

      September 2014

    • Gheorghe Muresan Guest Stars on Pardon the Interruption
    • Filling in as “Stat Boy” for the recently abdicated Tony Reali, former Bullets center Gheorghe Muresan appeared on the show on September 9th. Muresan is a proud Wizards alum, and is often seen at Verizon Center during games. Standing at a towering 7 foot 7 inches he isn’t easily missed, and PTI co-stars had a few laughs at how small they felt in comparison.
    • The Evolution of the Jumbotron—How the Bullets Started It All
    • This seemingly standard technology was once considered groundbraking in sports entertainment. The first ever giant video screen was debuted at the Capital Centre before a game between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Capital Bullets in 1973. It has since been adapted and expanded to allow for instant replays, altering not only the way we watch the game, but also how we judge it. If we fast forward to today, EverBank Field just installed the world’s largest video board, measuring 362 feet by 60 feet tall. This all goes to show that Bullets innovators created a trend that would forever change the way we experience sports.
    • Former Bullet “The Big E” Hayes Ranked One of Louisiana’s Top Athletes of All-Time
    • Elvin Hayes has come a long way since he warmed the bench for his junior varsity team at Britton High School in ninth grade. Standing at 6’5” tall, he was an inexperienced player but had a heart full of potential. Hayes worked his way up to the NBA, when he was drafted in 1968 by the San Diego Rockets. Over the years, he mastered the art of rebounding and made himself known as a key player to watch. In 1972, he joined the Bullets, where he would help lead the team to three NBA finals.
    • Former Bullets Star Mitch Kupchak Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
    • Kupchak takes one for the team as he takes part in the ALS ice bucket challenge, a social media craze that has spread in order to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease. All those that are nominated are encouraged to fulfill the challenge within 24 hours, or donate to the cause. Kupchak has nominated Jim Buss, Jack Nicholson and Jerry West.

      July 2014

    • Buck Johnson’s Son Takes His Skills to Spain Park
    • Buck Johnson’ son, Jamal Johnson will play for the Spain Park Jaguars this upcoming basketball season. Johnson was previously a member of the Sparkman High School basketball team, but is moving to the Metro area after his father got a job as the full-time system athletic director for Birmingham City Schools. Johnson, who will be a sophomore at Spain Park this season, averaged 16.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.8 steals and 2.2 blocks, and was named 6A All-State honorable mention by the Alabama Sports Writers Association this year.
    • Archie Clark's Baseball Past
    • In 1962 Archie Clark attended the University of Minnesota, where he joined Lou Hudson and Don Yates as one of the first black students to receive basketball scholarships from the school. As a 6'2 guard, Clark was also among the best basketball players in the history of University of Minnesota. He went on to play 11 seasons in the NBA, and was a two-time All-Star throughout his career. Archie Clark was an eminent basketball player, but few may know that he heavily pursued baseball throughout his college career. Clark played center fielder for the University of Minnesota and was coached by Dick Siebert. He was also a member of the 1964 national championship team. Clark says that he really wanted to be a baseball player, but with basketball being the only sport he could play in the army, he could not perfect his baseball skills. He described himself as being a 4-tool baseball player. He could steal bases, run down the ball in center, throw, and hit with a little power. But Clark’s lack of consistency as a hitter is what made him pursue basketball as a professional career. Though Clark did not get to play professional baseball, he stays that he still looks back on his baseball career at the University of Michigan with pride.
    • Kevin Porter's College Jersey to be Retired
    • This December, former Washington Bullet Kevin Porter will have his Saint Francis University basketball jersey retired. There will be a ceremony to celebrate this honor on December 6, 2014 in the Maurice Stokes Center at 2:00 PM. NBA players and fans as well as Porter's former classmates, teammates and coaches will be returning to celebrate the occasion.
    • Dave Bing Announces His Bing Youth Initiative
    • Former Washington Bullet and Detroit Mayor, Dave Bing has recently launched what he calls one of the largest youth collaborations in the city’s history, his Bing Youth Initiative. The collaborative will bring together schools, businesses, professional athletes, police officers and youth organizations in an unparalleled effort to save Detroit’s youth. Bing’s program will begin this summer with a five-week camp for about 1,200 youth at four schools. The collaboration between UAW-Ford and Detroit Public Schools will provide etiquette classes, skills for resume building and interviewing, character building and self-defense classes.
    • Etan Thomas' Fatherhood Movement
    • At 6 foot 10 inches and 260 pounds, former Washington Wizard Etan Thomas does a lot more than just play basketball. He has become a leader in the community, inspiring young Black men and helping them find their way. In 2012, Thomas began a Fatherhood Movement in which he goes from city to city holding panels and meetings to discuss Fatherhood. In each city different celebrities join him in inspiring an entire generation. He also takes his message to prisons, correctional facilities, universities, churches, high schools, middle schools and various conventions. Thomas held a panel in Baltimore called “Men’s Life Class: Overcoming Obstacles” at New Psalmist Church on Thursday June 12th from 7 pm to 9 pm. The panel featured Baltimore Ravens Torrey Smith, Aaron Mellette, Josh Bynes, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Justin Forsett and former Washington Wizard Juan Dixon. He held another panel “Recon necting Men with our Youth” in PG County on Saturday June 21st at First Baptist Church of Glenarden. This panel featured father of RG III, Robert Griffin II, Pastor John K Jenkins, Dr. Boyce Watkins, Actor Lamman Rucker, former NFL player Antwaan Randle-El, and former NBA player Tony Massenburg. Thomas’ Fatherhood Movement is rapidly growing, and he says that his goal is not to criticize fathers but to inspire them. He specifically wants to inspire young people and encourage them to believe that they can be successful no matter what their situation is.
    • Rich Rinaldi Heads Sportscaster U.
    • Sportscaster U is an intense seminar, held in conjunction with the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, that teaches NBA players the many aspects of broadcast journalism. Sportscaster U is organized by former Baltimore Bullet Rich Rinaldi, who also acts as a career counselor for the program. Current Washington Wizards players Drew Gooden, Al Harrington and Garrett Temple enrolled themselves in Sportscaster U this summer. The men spent a few days of their offseason in Syracuse, sitting through production meetings, talking to cameras, compiling stats, writing scripts, and exploring a potential future career in broadcasting. Graduates of Sportscaster U., which is in its 7th year, include TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal, Philadelphia 76ers broadcaster Malik Rose, and Memphis Grizzlies analyst Brevin Knight. Though basketball seems to come a bit more natural for the men, they were all very interested in the field of broadcasting.Gooden, Harrington and Temple all agreed that they would leave Syracuse with a better understanding of what is required in broadcasting, and how they need to improve.

      June 2014

    • Bernie Bickerstaff Receives National Basketball Coaches Association 2014 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award
    • The National Basketball Coaches Association will be honoring NBA coaching veteran, Bernie Bickerstaff, with the 2014 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award. Currently an assistant coach with the Cleveland Caveliers, Bickerstaff became the youngest assistant bench coach in NBA history when he joined the Washington Bullets coaching staff at the age of 29. Bickerstaff sharpened his craft under famed NBA Head Coaches K.C. Jones and Dick Motta. During his 12 years in Washington, the Bullets participated in three NBA Finals and won an NBA Championship in 1978, the first and only championship in franchise history. Bickerstaff landed his first NBA head-coaching position with the Seattle Supersonics in 1985. Under Bickerstaff, the Sonics made playoff appearances three times in five seasons, including a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 1987.
    • Congrats to Kevin Porter
    • Congratulations to Kevin Porter for being named Dean of Students at Lighthouse Bronzeville Charter School in Chicago, Illinois. Porter graduated from the University of Saint Frances of Pennsylvania with a degree in education. He is excited that he is now in a new position that gives him an opportunity to save lives. Porter played 10 seasons in the NBA and was a key member of the 1975 Bullets team, which reached the NBA Finals before losing to the Golden State Warriors. Porter led the league in both assists per game and total assists four times throughout his career.
    • Congrats to Stan McKenzie
    • Congratulations to Stan McKenzie who has received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Paul Quinn College for his outstanding contribution to society. Drafted into the NBA in 1966, McKenzie played guard for many years on several teams, including the Baltimore Bullets. McKenzie is an NBA multi-record holder who still holds the record for "Most Consecutive Free Throw Shooter.”
    • Harvey Grant’s Son is an NBA Hopeful
    • Jerami Grant, who plays small forward for Syracuse, is the son of Harvey Grant, an 11-year NBA veteran. His uncle, Horace Grant, also spent 17 seasons in the league. Both his father and uncle were first-round selections. Grant plans to follow in his father and uncle’s footsteps and play professional basketball. At 6-foot-8 and 214 pounds, Grant was a dominant post player at Syracuse, but says that his outside shot is what needs the most work in order to play at the next level. Grant led his team in rebounding (6.8), ranked third in scoring (12.1) and second in steals (1.9). He was also one of the six players the Phoenix Suns worked out this summer. Though Grant has a familial connection to the NBA, his own skill is what will determine his future in the league.
    • David Vanterpool’s Successful Second Year
    • David Vanterpool had a successful second year as an assistant coach for the Portland Trailblazers. The Blazers went from a 41-41 non-playoff team in his first year to the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference by his second. The Trailblazers made it to the Western Conference semifinals before falling to San Antonio. With a record of 54-28, Portland finished the regular season tied for the fifth-best record in the league. Portland finished their season with their first playoff series victory in 14 years, a 4-2 win over No. 4 seed Houston. Throughout the season, Vanterpool developed a close relationship with second-year point guard Damian Lillard. From the moment he was drafted in 2012, Vanterpool helped Lillard to become last season’s NBA’s Rookie of the Year and an all-star this year.

      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

    • 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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