In the early 1990s, Washington Bullets owner Abe Pollin was becoming frustrated with the association of his team’s nickname and gun violence. After Pollin’s friend, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, was assassinated, Pollin decided to take action and announced his plans to rename the team. (Though Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog wrote a very detailed history of the name change, and called into question the impact Rabin’s death had on the decision.)

A name-the-team contest was held and fans voted on a list of finalists that included Wizards, Dragons, Express, Stallions, and Sea Dogs. Not long after Wizards was announced as the winning name before the 1997-98 season, the local NAACP chapter president complained that the nickname carried Ku Klux Klan associations. Previous nicknames for the franchise when they were still in Chicago include Packers and Zephyrs.

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Wizards John Wall, other D.C. athletes react to Kobe Bryant’s death

The 41-year-old NBA icon died in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday. WASHINGTON — With the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, John Wall and other basketball players and D.C. athletes have expressed sadness with the death of Kobe Bryant on Sunday.  John Wall posted a broken heart emoji after Kobe died in a […]

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Beal scores 34, Wizards beat Suns 128-107 for first home win

Bradley Beal scored 34 points and the Washington Wizards snapped their three-game losing streak and won at home for the first time this season, beating the Phoenix Suns 128-107 on Monday night. The Wizards (3-8), who had lost five straight at home, played without guard Russell Westbrook. He will miss at least a week with […]

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In blow to Wizards, Westbrook out a week with injured leg

Washington Wizards point guard Russell Westbrook is expected to sit out a week with an injured left leg, the latest blow to a team that entered Monday with a 2-8 record. The Wizards announced before Monday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns that Westbrook’s left quadriceps was hurt because of “repeated contact to the area […]

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Washington Wizards at New York Knicks Box Score, February 12, 2020

Washington Wizards (20-33) Table Starters MP TS% eFG% 3PAr FTr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg BPM Bradley Beal 33:51 .575 .522 .304 .304 0.0 5.9 3.1 17.4 2.7 2.2 13.3 38.2 100 96 1.6 Ian Mahinmi 30:29 .514 .429 .000 .571 7.2 26.2 17.1 4.5 1.5 2.4 0.0 12.4 119 […]

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Washington Wizards at New York Knicks Box Score, December 23, 2019

Washington Wizards (9-20) Table Starters MP TS% eFG% 3PAr FTr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg BPM Bradley Beal 36:32 .377 .368 .289 .105 8.0 3.1 5.7 13.2 2.6 4.6 7.0 46.4 86 116 -8.9 Ian Mahinmi 28:12 .407 .200 .200 2.200 17.4 15.8 16.7 7.5 1.7 3.0 0.0 13.8 121 […]