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John Wall wants Wizards to become Bullets again

Mar 20, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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In 1997, The Washington Bullets became the Washington Wizards (though not directly due to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, as many believe). Wizards, a corny nickname with no local significance, hasn’t really caught on among the city’s passionate basketball fans. But it won’t change back to Bullets for two main reasons:

1. Most fans have passively accepted Wizards as the team’s nickname.

2. Gilbert Arenas infamously brought a gun into the Wizards’ locker room, further connecting the team to the gun violence it was trying to disassociate itself from when it changed the nickname in the first place.

But Bullets still has a proud tradition, evoking memories of Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes. Many diehard fans want the team to switch back to Bullets.

Including John Wall.

Michael Lee of The Washington Post:

I’m just glad the Wizards have incorporated the old-school Bullets-style uniforms – red, white and blue with vertical stripes. If they can’t become the Bullets again – and the negative image probably prevents it – they can at least look the part.

  1. jerze2387 - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Gilbert arenas supports this idea

    • maestro3k - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:03 PM


    • ranfan12 - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      That’s cold man lol

  2. mackcarrington - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    And I thought those were horizontal stripes.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    They just need a name that, when shortened, does not answer the phrase, “things I do in the bathroom”.

  4. sire2334 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    He and everybody else in DC.

  5. asimonetti88 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    The Washington Bullets won an NBA title and three conference championships. The Washington Wizards won a playoff series once.

  6. scottychicago - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    If they want to distance from the name, maybe they shouldn’t wear the jerseys as an alternate or sell the jerseys that say Bullets.

  7. mogogo1 - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    I’d like to see them go back to the old name, too. Not sure why, but it really bugs me to see the classic Bullets jerseys with Wizards on them.

  8. Big Ant TV - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    i remember seeing and wanting the old red home washington bullets rasheed wallace and chris webber jerseys good time when the NBA was great

  9. baywatchboy - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    I disagree. Most fans have not accepted Wizards. Also, how are trains negative, since that’s what the team was named for. I find the KKK much more negative that a train.

    • fm31970 - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:03 AM

      Try Googling. The Baltimore Bullets were named for a shoe: ” The team took their name from the Bata Bullets athletic shoes, which were made in nearby Harford County”

      • baywatchboy - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Because everything on Google is 100% true. Same article says they were named for the bullet producing tower in the harbor. This is from the 1944 Baltimore Sun…

        “The club will be known as the Bullets, which is hoped to be significant of their explosive talents and speed in humbling the opposition. President Stan Behrend announced that the team’s colors will be maroon and gold, in which they will don white jerseys with maroon numbers and gold pants for home appearance, and maroon jerseys and white numerals on the road.”

        There was also reference that since the team played in an armory, Bullets would be the name. The main point here is that the team needs to change its name back to Bullets regardless of how it originally came to be.

  10. spthegr8 - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Had both big ant

  11. miamatt - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    John Wall is right.

    Wizards, meh, Bullets YEAH!!!

    We are getting the Charlotte Hornets back next year, how cool would it be to get the Washington Bullets back as well?

  12. whitey11177 - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    You guys don’t understand how many lives were saved by changing the name from the Bullets to the Wizards. At least 5000 I’m sure. I had a friend back when this happened who got held up at gun point. He said he just knew he was going to get shot when all of a sudden a newspaper blew by on the ground that had the article on the front about the name change. The criminal saw that, looked at my friend and said “Today is your luck day. I was going to shoot you but I saw that article and changed my mind.” Crime has dropped to virtually 0 in D.C. thanks to the name change. We need to work on the more of the names. Bulls? People are gored to death every year during the running of the Bulls in Spain. The Lakers? People drown in lakes all the time. The Suns? The sun along with the Heat causes heat strokes. The Magic? You know how many people were killed in Harry Potter using magic by Voldamoort, the evil wizard…wizard. Well crap.

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