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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1999
WASHINGTON -- There's a slight smirk forming on the face of Washington Wizards guard Mitch Richmond, an indication that he has had to answer the comparison question dozens -- if not hundreds -- of times.The query: How does Richmond, 34, plan to fill the void of the man he was traded for, 25-year-old Chris Webber, who most nights last season gave the Wizards 20 points, 10 rebounds and occasional spectacular moves that wowed the crowd?Richmond responds in one of those "let's get this straight right away" tones.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | February 8, 2002
WASHINGTON - Michael Jordan says he knows you didn't believe he could return at close to his previous form, and it's OK. He did enough believing for everyone. Jordan heard the whispers that, at 38 and with three years between retirements, he might not have enough in his tank to make either the Washington Wizards relevant or to boost a comeback to some status beyond ego indulgence. But with the Wizards poised to make a playoff chase and with numbers that put him in the thick of a run for a record-tying sixth Most Valuable Player trophy, Jordan's reply to the whispers is a loud, "I told you so."
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2000
WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles Lakers came into a sold-out, jacked-up MCI Center last night with the third-longest winning streak in NBA history and an aura that surrounds a team expected to make a serious run at a championship. The aura is still there, but the winning streak is history. It was ended at 19 games by the Washington Wizards. That is not a misprint. Proving once again to be the most underachieving team in the league, the Wizards built a shocking, 21-point lead and held on for a thrilling, 109-102 victory.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Across the street from the MCI Center, there's a larger-than-life drawing of Chris Webber painted on the side of a building. From the day he was acquired in 1994, Webber was expected to be the cornerstone of the Washington Wizards, but yesterday his stay with the team came to an abrupt end.The Wizards traded Webber to the Sacramento Kings for six-time All-Star shooting guard Mitch Richmond and veteran power forward Otis Thorpe. In effect, the Wizards gave up youth and potential for accomplished veteran leadership -- something that has been severely lacking in recent years, especially this season when the Wizards failed to make the playoffs.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Correspondent | February 8, 1992
ORLANDO, Fla. -- If the NBA All-Star Game is the place for the bigger names around the league to strut their stuff, tonight's three-point shootout and slam-dunk competition are the place for the lesser lights to shineFor example, Chicago guard Craig Hodges, who has won the last two American Airlines-ITT-Sheraton Shootouts, is generally mired on the Bulls' bench.And Kenny Walker, who won the Gatorade Slam Dunk Championship in 1989, is no longer in the league. He now plies his trade in Europe, after being released by the New York Knicks following last season.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1998
From Sacramento Kings vice president Geoff Petrie came words of genuine excitement. Sure, he had just traded six-time All-Star guard Mitch Richmond, but in return from the Washington Wizards he received 6-foot-10 power forward Chris Webber."
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Writer | December 21, 1994
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Since arriving from Kansas City in 1985 the Sacramento Kings haven't had a winning season. They've had six seasons where they've failed to win at least 30 games, giving fans over the years little to cheer about.But there was something the Kings could say they had proud ownership of in recent years -- the Washington Bullets. That trend continued last night, but only barely.It took a three-pointer by Mitch Richmond from the top of the key with 12.2 seconds for the Kings to escape with a 105-102 win over the Bullets before a sellout crowd of 17,317 at the Arco Arena.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | November 3, 1999
WASHINGTON -- With many of the starters injured or unavailable during the preseason, the reserves of the Washington Wizards got plenty of playing time in the team's five exhibition games. It resulted in a boost of confidence in themselves, as well as from first-year coach Gar Heard.That experience from the past month came in handy in last night's season opener against the Atlanta Hawks at the MCI Center. With shooting guard Mitch Richmond in foul trouble and center Isaac Austin still out of sync, the reserves helped lift the Wizards to a 94-87 victory before an announced crowd of 16,038.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | November 22, 2000
WASHINGTON -- While football fans in this city have become accustomed to seeing a collection of All-Star players assembled to form a team, basketball fans got their first peek at such a grouping with last night's appearance by the Portland Trail Blazers. And the Trail Blazers, looking more like a gathering of talent than a collective unit, had enough to turn back the Washington Wizards, 104-94, last night before 14,113 at MCI Center. Portland (8-5) looked like a team in the midst of a brutal seven-game, 10-day East Coast trip, playing haggardly throughout the contest, ending the game with 15 turnovers.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | October 31, 2000
WASHINGTON - For now, the sounds of squeaking sneakers and bouncing basketballs around MCI Center are only good ones, as the Washington Wizards have made no mistakes, lost no games and endured no pain and suffering in the 2000-2001 NBA season. And now that Michael Jordan, widely acclaimed as the greatest to ever play the game, is associated with the franchise as president of basketball operations, the Wizards' future appears to be bright, or at least more hopeful than it has been in awhile.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | June 28, 2000
Eight months ago, Leonard Hamilton stood under a heated tent behind the Auburn House at Towson University, telling a story about his days as an assistant coach for Kentucky's men's basketball team. It was the story of how fans delirious over the team's 1978 national championship lined the road from the state line to Lexington to welcome the Wildcats home. That was possible at Towson, too, Hamilton told boosters at the fund-raiser who had seen their men's basketball team win only 14 games over the previous two seasons.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2000
WASHINGTON - Precedent is no friend of Leonard Hamilton, the 51-year-old North Carolina native who was announced as the Washington Wizards' head coach yesterday during a news conference at MCI Center. College coaches with no professional experience tend to come into the NBA with much fanfare but often struggle. Hamilton has built a sterling reputation over 28 years as a coach - the past 10 as the head man at the University of Miami - but none at the pro level. Nonetheless, Hamilton had teaching credentials that fit the bill for Wizards president of basketball operations Michael Jordan, who met him while a high school player in the late 1970s.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2000
WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles Lakers came into a sold-out, jacked-up MCI Center last night with the third-longest winning streak in NBA history and an aura that surrounds a team expected to make a serious run at a championship. The aura is still there, but the winning streak is history. It was ended at 19 games by the Washington Wizards. That is not a misprint. Proving once again to be the most underachieving team in the league, the Wizards built a shocking, 21-point lead and held on for a thrilling, 109-102 victory.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | November 3, 1999
WASHINGTON -- With many of the starters injured or unavailable during the preseason, the reserves of the Washington Wizards got plenty of playing time in the team's five exhibition games. It resulted in a boost of confidence in themselves, as well as from first-year coach Gar Heard.That experience from the past month came in handy in last night's season opener against the Atlanta Hawks at the MCI Center. With shooting guard Mitch Richmond in foul trouble and center Isaac Austin still out of sync, the reserves helped lift the Wizards to a 94-87 victory before an announced crowd of 16,038.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | November 22, 2000
WASHINGTON -- While football fans in this city have become accustomed to seeing a collection of All-Star players assembled to form a team, basketball fans got their first peek at such a grouping with last night's appearance by the Portland Trail Blazers. And the Trail Blazers, looking more like a gathering of talent than a collective unit, had enough to turn back the Washington Wizards, 104-94, last night before 14,113 at MCI Center. Portland (8-5) looked like a team in the midst of a brutal seven-game, 10-day East Coast trip, playing haggardly throughout the contest, ending the game with 15 turnovers.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Mitch Richmond was glistening yesterday.The television lights at an MCI Center news conference might have had something to do with it, reflecting off his silver jewelry, his diamond earrings and bald head.But for the veteran guard, traded last week to the Wizards along with Otis Thorpe for Chris Webber, it also may have been a glow of happiness.Richmond long had wanted out of Sacramento, where he toiled for seven seasons, with just one playoff appearance.It wasn't supposed to be this way for him. Richmond spent his first three seasons in the league with the Golden State Warriors, reaching the playoffs each year while playing alongside Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1999
WASHINGTON -- There's a slight smirk forming on the face of Washington Wizards guard Mitch Richmond, an indication that he has had to answer the comparison question dozens -- if not hundreds -- of times.The query: How does Richmond, 34, plan to fill the void of the man he was traded for, 25-year-old Chris Webber, who most nights last season gave the Wizards 20 points, 10 rebounds and occasional spectacular moves that wowed the crowd?Richmond responds in one of those "let's get this straight right away" tones.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Mitch Richmond was glistening yesterday.The television lights at an MCI Center news conference might have had something to do with it, reflecting off his silver jewelry, his diamond earrings and bald head.But for the veteran guard, traded last week to the Wizards along with Otis Thorpe for Chris Webber, it also may have been a glow of happiness.Richmond long had wanted out of Sacramento, where he toiled for seven seasons, with just one playoff appearance.It wasn't supposed to be this way for him. Richmond spent his first three seasons in the league with the Golden State Warriors, reaching the playoffs each year while playing alongside Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway.
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