On This Day

Washington Wizards in History

Events in Sport

  • 1966-01-16 Chicago is granted an NBA franchise to be called the Bulls; become the 3rd NBA franchise in the city, after the Chicago Stags (1946–50) and Chicago Packers/Zephyrs (now Washington Wizards)
  • 1997-11-29 USAir Arena closes, hosting Wash Wizards

Sport awardNBA Finals

2000-01-19 Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA championships as a player, returns to the NBA, joining the Washington Wizards as part owner and President of Basketball Operations

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 2001-01-04 Washington Wizards forward Michael Jordan becomes 4th player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points; hits a free throw in 2nd quarter of an 89-83 win against his old team, the Chicago Bulls
  • 2001-06-27 NBA Draft: Glynn Academy center Kwame Brown first pick by Washington Wizards
  • 2003-04-16 Washington Wizards' Michael Jordan plays his final NBA game, in Philadelphia, where he receives a 3 minute standing ovation.
  • 2010-06-24 NBA Draft: Kentucky point guard John Wall first pick by Washington Wizards
  • 2018-12-19 Houston Rockets set NBA single-game record with 26 three-pointers in 136-118 victory over Washington Wizards; 8 players hit from deep as Rockets shoot 26-of-55 (47.3%); James Harden leads charge, shooting 6-of-11 on 3s

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1965-07-31 Scott Brooks, American basketball guard, coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2010, OKC Thunder; Washington Wizards 2016-19), born in French Camp, California
  • 1966-07-11 Rod Strickland, NBA guard (Portland Trail Blazers, Wash Wizards)
  • 1966-11-24 Ledell Eackles, NBA guard (Wash Wizards/Bullets)
  • 1966-12-26 Tim Legler, NBA guard (Washington Wizards/Bullets), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967-06-17 Terry Davis, American NBA forward & center (Dallas Mavericks, Wash Wizards), born in Danville, Virginia
  • 1969-07-15 Lorenzo Williams, NBA center (Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1971-07-25 Tracy Murray, American NBA forward (Toronto Raptors, Wash Wizards), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971-10-05 Chris Whitney, American basketball guard (Wash Wizards), born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • 1973-07-23 Darvin Ham, American NBA forward (Wash Wizards) and coach, born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • 1974-09-10 Ben Wallace, American basketball forward (NBA C'ship 2004; NBA Defensive Player of the Year 2002-03, 2005-06; NBA All-Star 2003–06; Detroit Pistons), born in White Hall, Alabama
  • 1976-04-29 God Shammgod, American NBA guard (Wash Wizards), born in New York City
  • 1990-09-06 John Wall, American basketball point guard (2010 NBA Draft: #1 pick Washington Wizards), born in Raleigh, North Carolina

Deaths in Sport

  • 2009-11-24 Abe Pollin, owner of the Washington Wizards (b. 1923)