Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky’

Lady Luck! Washington Wizards get top pick in NBA Draft Lottery, chance for John Wall of Kentucky

May 19, 2010

Lady Luck visited the Washington Wizards Tuesday night. She was Irene Pollin, the widow of former Wizards owner Abe Pollin.

After years of frustration in the NBA draft lottery, the Washington Wizards struck gold and won the top pick.

Irene Pollin wore Abe Pollin’s 1978 Washington Bullets NBA championship ring for good luck to the lottery selection show in Secaucus, New Jersey.

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Former Washington Bullet Kevin Grevey on the ’78 NBA title season, Kentucky, and the Wizards

May 13, 2010

Kevin Grevey of the Washington Bullets shoots over former Kentucky teammate Rick Robey of the Boston Celtics.

Before the Redskins won their first Super Bowl, and before Maryland and Georgetown won national championships in college basketball, the Washington Bullets gave D.C. its first championship in 36 years when they won the NBA title in 1978.

Before the blue and bronze of the Washington Wizards, there was the red, white, and blue of the Washington Bullets. Local musician Nils Lofgren wrote a hit song, “Bullets Fever,”  that was played over and over during the spring of 1978 on Washington radio stations. The name Bullets was synonymous with winning, as they made the playoffs 18 times in 20 seasons in the ’70s and ’80s.

For the rest of my article on Examiner.com, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.