Wizards to Go by Bullets Nickname for 1 Night vs. Nuggets

January 27th, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

Washington Wizards fans will get their wish as the team will revert to its old nickname. The catch is the name change is for one night only.

According to Clinton Yates of the Washington Post, the franchise will use the Washington Bullets moniker Jan. 28 for a home game against the Denver Nuggets. As part of the celebration, the team will wear its "Baltimore Pride" uniforms. Additionally, former Washington Bullets Bernard King, Earl Monroe, Bob Dandridge and Terry Dischinger will be in attendance:

The Bullets nickname goes all the way back to the 1963-64 season, when the team played in Baltimore. Upon moving closer to Washington, D.C., in 1973, ownership changed the team name to the Capital Bullets. It stuck for one season (1973-74) before being switched to the Washington Bullets.

In 1995, then team owner Abe Pollin decided to get rid of the Bullets name.

"I've thought about it for 31 years," Pollin said, per George Vecsey of the New York Times. "Bullets connote killing, violence, death. Our slogan used to be, 'Faster than a speeding bullet.' That is no longer appropriate."

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