Laettner to ACC HOF
Christian Laettner will be inducted into the 2017 ACC Hall of Fame. Laettner overwhelmingly won 90.9 percent of media votes from ACC journalists from North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland. While at Duke, Christian was one of the first players to appear in four straight Final Fours. Laettner also won ACC Player of the Year accolades in 1991 and 1992.
Earl Monroe's Jersey Retired at WSSU
Earl Monroe is the first player from Winston Salem State University (WSSU) to have his jersey retired. As a star senior, Monroe left WSSU averaging 41.5 points a game. “Earl has been a significant figure in WSSU’s history and we wanted to make sure that his name remains relevant throughout history.”
Harvey & Jerami Grant on Family Friday
Harvey and son Jerami Grant appeared on the NBPA’s miniseries Family Friday and talk about their basketball careers. Both father and son played for the same franchise… click to find out which team.
Earl Lloyd Remembered for Breaking Color Barrier
The late Hall of Famer Earl Lloyd is remembered this month for breaking the color barrier in the NBA. Earl was the first African American NBA player drafted to the Washington Capitols (later changed to the Washington Bullets) in 1950. Lloyds’ contributions paved the way for African American players today and the NBA. Lloyd is remembered as a trailblazer on and off the court.
Earl Monroe on Health Insurance
Earl Monroe shares his thoughts about the NBA and NBA Players Association’s strides to contribute equal funds to the health insurance program for former and current players. “Most of the stuff that happens to you happens after you retire,” Monroe says. “It is 5, 10, 15 years out that stuff comes down on you. Old age compounds it all. Thank goodness for the coverage plan, they have done a great job.”
Earl Lloyd Sports Legacy Symposium
The Hyde Family Foundation revealed that their symposium’s name would be changed to the Earl Lloyd Sports Legacy Symposium. Former NBA and WNBA players were honored at the event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Barnard King Pep Talk
Bernard King gave the Tennessee Vols quite the pep talk before playing No. 4 Kentucky last Tuesday. King told the team of his experience playing against Kentucky and their unfortunate loss. “We don’t lose to Kentucky,” King said. The Vols listened and came out victorious in the 82-80 win.
Darrell Walker Named Head Coach of Clark Atlanta
Darrell Walker named new head coach of Clark Atlanta men’s basketball team. Walker’s four seasons with the Bullets and professional coaching experience will sure to be a win-win for the Panthers.
Elvin Hayes on SB Nation Podcast
Elvin “The Big E” Hayes joins SB Nation radio for weekly basketball show. Some guests who have already been featured are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Joe George.
Tracy Murray on UCLA Podcast
Tracy Murray was featured on UCLA’s podcast “What Bruin Show” this week talking about Bruins basketball, his experience as a player, and his take on how the Bruins are doing this season.
Doug Overton Earns First Big Win
Doug Overton, men’s basketball coach at Lincoln University earns his first big win over Livingstone College in his rookie season. “(Livingston) had a chance to win the game and that would have been heartbreaking for our guys”, said Overton.
Harvey Grant Named Head Coach of Virginia Storm
Harvey Grant, the Bullets’ first round pick in the 1988 NBA Draft, was named head coach of the Virginia Storm. Be sure to check out the Virginia Storm, which will be broadcasted on Sports Radio America on Feb. 19, 2017.
2016 '60s Throwback Night
The Wizards tipped off its Throwback Series presented by CSN on Nov. 17 with a victory over the Knicks. For six games this season, Washington will honor players from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and 2000's. Johnny Egan, Ray Scott, Kevin Loughery and Johnny Green were recognized Thursday as we remembered the 60's. The next game in the series is on Dec. 8 when players from the 70's will be honored.
The Pearl: Small College Basketball Hall of Fame
Former Bullets player Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, is one of 11 players set to be inducted into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 17. Monroe played on the Winston-Salem State University team where he was considered a strong team leader. The National Committee explained that it was very difficult selecting only a limited number of SCB Hall of Famers. Other notable inductee’s include Phil Jackson, who attended the University of North Dakota and Luke Jackson, who was a member of the U.S. gold medal-winning men’s basketball team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
The Players’ Union offers Health Insurance to Retired players
The National Basketball Players Association took an admirable and important step this week and announced that it will now provide Health Insurance for all retired players that have spent a minimum of three years playing in the league. Rick Mahorn, a former power forward and center, spoke on this monumental action stating, “It’s about time something like this happened...this is something every league should be looking into.”
Bogues Hosted Tournament in Memory of Sister
Clark Atlanta University named Darrell Walker their new men’s basketball head coach. In addition to over 10 years of coaching experience in the NBA, Walker also has 10 years of professional playing experience. In his last year in the NBA, Walker won a NBA championship with the Chicago Bulls during the 1992-1993 season.
Overton Settling in at Lincoln
Earlier this summer Lincoln University named Doug Overton the new men’s basketball head coach. He sat down with a local Philadelphia radio station to discuss how his experience has been and what to expect in the upcoming seasons. Overton is taking over a team that went 9-20 last season and is hoping to make immediate changes in the program.
Jones Named Legend of the Year
Wali Jones was voted the basketball legend of the year by the National Basketball Retired Players Association at the retired players’ conference on July 19 in Las Vegas. Congratulations Wali!
Bogues Hosted Tournament in Memory of Sister
Muggsy Bogues hosted a one day basketball and flag football tournament in Baltimore, MD in honor of his sister, Sherron Bogues, who died of cancer in July last year at the age of 55. The goal of the event was to recognize her 32 years of service to the city of Baltimore and the Department of Recreation and Parks. To further recognize Bogues’ sister, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also named June 27 "Sherron Bogues Day.”
Dandridge Helps Welcome Washington Valor to the MSE Family
The Washington Wizards welcomed the Washington Valor as the newest member of the Monumental Sports and Entertainment family on July 14, 2016. The team will kick off their inaugural season in Spring 2017 at Verizon Center.
Dave Bing Honored at Ford Freedom Awards
On May 17 the Ford Freedom Award program recognized Dave Bing for his achievements and positive influence in the African American community.
Harvey Grant Interviewed for WSJ Article
A new study shows that 48.8% of NBA players are related to another former or current elite athlete, the highest percentage of any major sport. Harvey Grant is featured in the Wall Street Journal published article “Why Basketball Runs in the Family.” Grant is now retired from his long and successful NBA career, but has two sons playing professionally for the Bulls and the Sixers and a third playing overseas.
Overton Announced as New Coach of Lincoln University
Doug Overton was recently named the new head coach of Division II Lincoln University's Basketball Team. Overton has coaching experience as an assistant with the Sixers and Nets, and at the college level with St. Joseph's.
Muresan's Son to Play at Georgetown
George Muresan, son of former Washington Bullet Gheorghe Muresan, has committed as a walk-on at the Georgetown Hoya basketball program next season. George will be graduating from St. Andrew's in Potomac, MD this spring.
Gores Continues to Fund BINGO
Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores and Palace Sports & Entertainment have committed to another year of funding and operational support for BINGO, a youth mentoring program founded by Dave Bing. The goal of BINGO is to provide guidance for urban young men through mentorship.
Darrell Walker Hired to Coach Clark Atlanta University
Darrell Walker was hired to coach the Men's Basketball team at Clark Atlanta University. Walker was a member of the Washington Bullets from 1988-1991 and also served as Head Coach for the Washington Wizards in 2000.
Pervis Ellison Will Be Inducted into the Great Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame
Pervis Ellison will be inducted into the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame on May 2. Ellison went on to play 12 seasons in the NBA, including four with the Washington Bullets, and won the Most Improved Player award in 1992.
March Throwback Nights
The Wizards wore their "Throwback Jerseys" for the final two times this season on March 5 & 19. We honored alumni on each of these nights. On March 5, Kevin Porter, Jerry Sachs and Rod Thorn were recognized in-game. The second game was on March 19 and Dave Bing, Bob Ferry, Jahidi White and Larry Wright were recognized.
Ennis Whatley Named an SEC Men's Basketball Legend
Ennis Whatley was recently named the representative for the University of Alabama for the 2016 SEC Men's Basketball Legends class. Whatley led Alabama to an SEC championship and Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament during his freshman season. Whatley was honored on Mar. 10 at the SEC Tournament.
Bernard King Participates in NBPA Health Screening in Atlanta
Bernard King was one of 22 retired players who participated in a health screening on Feb. 27 in Atlanta, GA. Due to the rise in heart-related deaths among former players, the NBA has partnered with the NBPA and the retired players association to offer physical exams in different cities across the country.
Alumni Honored at Throwback Nights
Rick Mahorn, Tom McMillen, and Jeff Ruland participated in the Wizards Throwback Night presented by CSN on Feb. 18. The Wizards will honor Kevin Porter, Rod Thorn and Jerry Sachs on March 5 when the team plays the Indiana Pacers. The final Throwback Night of the season is March 19 against the New York Knicks and Dave Bing, Bob Ferry, Larry Wright and Jahidi White are scheduled to be recognized.
Gus Williams Jersey Retired at Alma Mater
The University of Southern California retired Gus Williams No. 10 jersey on Feb. 4. In addition to a 12-year NBA career, Williams was an All-American and All-Pac-8 first team selection at Southern Cal. He finished his career as the 15th leading scorer in USC history with 1,308 points.
Ennis Whatley Named an SEC Men's Basketball Legend
Ennis Whatley was recently named the representative for the University of Alabama for the 2016 SEC Men’s Basketball Legends class. Whatley helped lead Alabama to an SEC championship and Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament during his freshman season. Whatley will be honored during Alabama’s first SEC tournament game in March.
Earl Lloyd Stamp Petition
The Earl F. Lloyd Foundation is currently collecting signatures for a petition requesting the United States Postal Service to issue a stamp in honor of former Washington Capitol Earl Lloyd. Drafted by the Capitols, Lloyd became the first African American to play in an NBA game during the 1950-1951 season. Later, Lloyd also became the first African American scout and assistant coach in NBA history. The Earl F. Lloyd Foundation collected signatures on the concourse at the Wizards game on February 28.
Alumni Honored at Throwback Nights
The Wizards had two “Throwback Nights” this month. Dudley Bradley, Harvey Grant, and Gene Shue were honored during the Jan. 16 game against the Boston Celtics. Terry Dischinger, Bernard King, and Earl Monroe were honored during the game the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 28. The Wizards wore their “Baltimore Throwback” uniforms during both games. The next Throwback Night will be on March 5th.
Mark Davis Attended SOTU as President Obama's Guest
Mark Davis, former Washington Bullet, sat with First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden during the State of the Union Address on Jan. 12. Davis is the founder of WDC Solar Inc., a company which installs solar panels in low-income communities in the Washington D.C. area. His company also trains local residents to help them attain jobs in the solar energy industry.
Catching up with Tom Hammonds
Tom Hammonds, who played for the Washington Bullets from 1989-1992, was recently interviewed by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Hammonds is a local hero in Atlanta, having played his college ball at Georgia Tech and earning first-team All-ACC honors during his junior and senior years. He currently lives in Niceville, FL and owns Hammonds Enterprises, a construction company which operates out of Florida and Washington D.C.
Tracy Murray Hired as Assistant Coach
The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Tracy Murray as a shooting coach. Murray is a Los Angeles native who played at UCLA and enjoyed a 12-year NBA career, playing for the Wizards from 1997-2000. Congrats Tracy!
Rick Mahorn Inducted
On October 27, former Bullets Alum Rick Mahorn was inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame. Mahorn played his college basketball at Hampton University. Mahorn played eighteen years in the NBA and spent five seasons with the Bullets. Congratulations Rick.
Lawrence Moten Accepts Coaching Job in DC
Washington Wizards alum Lawrence Moten has been named an assistant men's basketball coach at Gallaudet University, a Division III school in Washington D.C. This is Moten's first collegiate coaching job.
Moses Malone Remembered
One of the NBA's most ferocious rebounders of all-time and a three-time NBA MVP, Moses Malone died Sunday, September 13, 2015. He was just 60 years old. The 6-foot-10 center was drafted straight out of high school. Malone played for the Washington Bullets during the 1987 and 1988 seasons. The Bullets made the playoffs both years that Malone played for the team and he was voted to the All-Star Game both seasons; averaging 22.2 points and 11.2 rebounders per game.
Congratulations to Spencer Haywood and Rod Thorn!
Spencer Haywood was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame September 11, 2015. Haywood was twice selected to the All-NBA First Team. Haywood finished his phenomenal NBA career with the Washington Bullets from 1981-1983. Rod Thorn was selected by the Baltimore Bullets second overall in the first round of the 1963 NBA Draft. After being drafted by the Bullets, he went on to be named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. At this year's Hall of Fame induction ceremony he was presented with the Basketball Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.
Announcement of New Wizards Practice Facility
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Founder, Majority Owner and CEO Ted Leonsis, Events DC President and CEO Greg O'Dell and Mayor Muriel Bowser announced plans to build a new-state-of-the-art Sports and Entertainment Arena at St. Elizabeth's East in Southeast D.C.
McMillen to Lead Division 1A A.D. Association
Washington Bullets Alum Tom McMillen has been selected to head the Division 1A Athletic Director's Association as part of a remodeling of the organization.
Phil Walker Joins the Original Profender Team
Phil Walker, member of the 1978 World Champion Bullets team, has joined the executive staff of the Original Profender organization, a Sports Training and Skills Development Company based in the Philadelphia area, specializing in the manufacturing of “Real Game” training product. The basketball product line includes several innovations that help improve shot accuracy and efficiency including the only patented mobile training device on the market that simulates a defender. Phil brings a 20 year plus track record of helping companies in strategic business development, market strategy innovation, market share growth and critical business expansion.
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