Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Wizards Need to Switch Name Back to 'Bullets'
With the Washington Wizards winning the first pick in the draft ... which most likely will be John Wall ... there seems to be some life into a franchise that was ravaged with bad luck this year. From the passing of the owner to the entire Agent Zero gun thing to the dumping of their talent, this was a tough year in D.C.
Wall should step in and be the Wiz's star. His star power could eclipse Arenas' and allow the team to move him (highly unlikely, still). It could help add pieces around Wall and make this team a contender in a couple of years. By the way, the Wizards' wikipedia page already has Wall on their roster.
So while we are on the subject of changes in our nation's capital, how about a name change. Dump 'Wizards' and bring back the 'Bullets'!!!!
Abe Pollin changed the name to Wizards because he felt Bullets was a bit too violent. While I get that, I never really thought their name was about actual bullets. But why wizards? I mean, a wizard is someone who delves in black magic ... or a high ranking official of the Klan. Either way you look at it, the new name doesn't do much better than the Bullets.
And how fitting it is that a team whose highest paid player was nabbed for bringing guns into the Phone Company Center would be renamed the Bullets??? Don't get me started on why they could never stoop so low to go back to that name since the franchise has no problem wearing the Bullets throwback jerseys or waving the Bullets NBA Championship banner. If you really want to get "Bullets" away from your franchise, erase any mention of "Bullets" from your history. Since you won't, embrace it and move on.
Screw the meaning of the names for a second and just look at the franchise. When I think of the Washington Bullets, I think of Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes, Earl Monroe, Walt Bellamy and Moses Malone. When I think of the Washington Wizards, I think of a fat Michael Jordan, Kwame Brown, Gilbert Arenas and not much else. The Bullets went to three NBA Finals, winning one. The Wizards have made the playoffs just four times and winning just one postseason series.
Please go back to the 'Bullets' name! Puhleeeeze! It was an awesome name ... and in a city like Washington, you know that there's another team in town with a nickname that's more controversial. So go back to it!
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