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February 4, 1991
BASEBALL%American League * Texas Rangers -- Agreed to terms with Gary Mielke (pitcher) on one-year contract with Oklahoma City of the American Association.National League * Philadelphia Phillies -- Signed Randy Ready (infielder-outfielder) a one-year contract.BASKETBALL (NBA) * Charlotte Hornets -- Activated Kenny Gattison (forward) from the injured list.* San Antonio Spurs -- Placed Rod Strickland (guard) on the injured list.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | November 1, 2000
ORLANDO, Fla. - Some jokester in the NBA's scheduling department must have gone for a couple of chuckles when he matched the Washington Wizards and the Orlando Magic in the season opener on Halloween night. One of the jokes, a play on their nicknames, was obvious. And given the opposing directions the two teams are perceived to be headed, the second joke was supposed to be at Washington's expense. But the Wizards almost supplied their own punch line, battling back from a 15-point first-half deficit to challenge the Magic before falling, 97-86, before a sparse opening-night crowd of 13,349 at the TD Waterhouse Centre.
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March 21, 1995
Opponent: Portland Trail BlazersSite: Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Ore.Time: 10Radio: WWLG (1360 AM), WTEM (570 AM)Outlook: This is the first game of a four-game, seven-day road trip for the Bullets. Washington is coming off Sunday's surprising win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, with G Doug Overton's career-high 23 points leading the way. F Juwan Howard, who sprained his ankle in the opening minutes of the game, is day-to-day. Portland, seventh in the Western Conference, has split its past 10. F Cliff Robinson (20.9 ppg)
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | February 1, 2000
WASHINGTON -- Only the venue had changed. Darrell Walker's new position as the interim coach of the Washington Wizards isn't much different from the job he just left with the Rockford Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association. Or from his first stint as an NBA head coach, three years ago with the Toronto Raptors. He is trying to improve the fortunes of a last-place team. Walker, whose 10-year NBA playing career included four seasons with the Washington Bullets in the late 1980s and early '90s, had intended to come here this week as an assistant under Rod Higgins.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | July 16, 1996
Looking to avert a public relations disaster after the loss of Juwan Howard to the Miami Heat, the Washington Bulletsstarted dealing yesterday, acquiring guard Rod Strickland and forward Harvey Grant in a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers.The deal was a two-for-two swap, as the Bullets were unable to unload moody forward Rasheed Wallace and little-used guard Mitchell Butler.The Bullets also moved to fill their void at small forward, signing free agent Tracy Murray to a long-term contract.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | October 8, 1996
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Slamming a rolled-up piece of paper to the ground, Washington Bullets coach Jim Lynam was livid. A point guard had just butchered a five-on-three break, and Lynam walked over to Rod Strickland to vent his frustration.Was this another Strickland/coach feud in the making? Not at all. Strickland wasn't even on the floor when the incident occurred, and when Lynam walked away both men were wearing wide grins.This time a year ago, the idea of Strickland sharing such a moment with his coach would have been as improbable as a group of umpires asking Roberto Alomar to give a speech on etiquette.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1999
WASHINGTON -- The contract talks at times demonstrated a bitterness between the Washington Wizards and Rod Strickland. But just two days before the start of the regular season, the Wizards were finally able to put together their dream backcourt.Strickland, a point guard whose 10.5 assists a game last season led the NBA, signed a four-year, $40 million contract with the Wizards last night and will play alongside Mitch Richmond in tomorrow night's season opener at Indiana. The Wizards will have a $5 million buyout option in the fourth year of the contract.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | December 20, 1996
Reprinted from yesterday's late editionsPHOENIX -- When the Washington Bullets ran their winning streak to four games earlier this week, Chris Webber spoke about the team being on the road and bonding. But after that streak ended, their were signs of dissension in the Bullets' locker room.Prefacing his remarks by saying, "Please don't make anything negative, because it's not," Webber questioned why Juwan Howard did not have the ball during crunch time in Wednesday night's 114-107 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1996
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- There was Chris Webber backed up to the wall, wearing a sly grin as if he had a secret that he couldn't wait to share. The question that had been posed to him was how good the Washington Bullets could be this season, and Webber's response was that of a player who wished the season were beginning today."
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | November 24, 1996
MILWAUKEE -- If in the future the Washington Bullets find themselves turning their NBA season around, they very well may point to last night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.Seemingly more interested in catching their charter home than playing basketball, the Bullets trailed by as many as 12 points early in the fourth quarter. Then an aggressive, pressing defense sparked a 15-0 run that helped the Bullets to a 95-90 win before 16,508 at the Bradley Center.In winning, the Bullets put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season and reached the .500 level (6-6)
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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 Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1999
WASHINGTON -- The contract talks at times demonstrated a bitterness between the Washington Wizards and Rod Strickland. But just two days before the start of the regular season, the Wizards were finally able to put together their dream backcourt.Strickland, a point guard whose 10.5 assists a game last season led the NBA, signed a four-year, $40 million contract with the Wizards last night and will play alongside Mitch Richmond in tomorrow night's season opener at Indiana. The Wizards will have a $5 million buyout option in the fourth year of the contract.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | November 30, 1997
LANDOVER -- The final NBA game to be played at the US Airways Arena was shaping up to be a night of celebration. The Washington Wizards built a 17-point, first-half lead, and the defending NBA champion Chicago Bulls looked exactly like the struggling team that they've become.But by the time the multicolored balloons and confetti were released from the rafters at game's end, there was little to celebrate. In fact, to hear players talk after the Wizards' 88-83 loss, a real celebration would have taken place had the organization imploded the structure after the team dropped to 0-5 at the arena for the season.
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By Ken Rosenthal | May 1, 1997
LANDOVER -- They will return next season with a new name, new uniforms and a new arena, but the Bullets already are reborn.Yes, they blew a nine-point lead in the final four minutes last night. Yes, they got knocked out of the playoffs in three games. Yes, their season is over.But that wasn't just any team they kept challenging in the fourth quarter -- it was the four-time champion Chicago Bulls.And that wasn't just any player who kept breaking their hearts -- it was the one and only Michael Jordan.
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By SUN STAFF | April 26, 1997
CHICAGO -- There was an air of confidence that the Washington Bullets carried into the first game of their playoff series against the Chicago Bulls. Confidence based in part from a victory over Chicago earlier this month, and in part from two losses by a combined five points.But the Bullets found out in their first postseason appearance since 1988 that playoff basketball is totally different."Our guys probably had never seen this many media," said Bullets coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "We experienced a little bit of everything.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | March 27, 1997
LANDOVER -- It's the Cleveland Cavaliers that the Washington Bullets are chasing for the eighth and final playoff spot, yet Tracy Murray doesn't even follow them. He didn't watch the Cavaliers lose to San Antonio on Tuesday, and doesn't plan on watching Cleveland at Houston tonight."We can't worry about Cleveland, we can't worry about Orlando, we can't worry about Indiana," Murray said. "We have to take care of our business. Here."The Bullets took care of their business last night in beating the Boston Celtics, 105-92, before a crowd of 16,023 at the USAir Arena.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Writer | January 8, 1995
LANDOVER -- Let's start with the good news for the Washington Bullets.Guard Scott Skiles was back, after being banished to the bench for the final 40 minutes the previous night. Calbert Cheaney put together one of his better all-around games. And Rex Chapman was launching shots just like the Chapman of old, demonstrating that the groin muscle injury that sidelined him didn't make him bashful with the shot.Now let's get back to reality and what's become the norm: The Bullets lost again last night, this time to the Portland Trail Blazers, 114-105, before a sellout crowd of 18,756 at USAir Arena.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 28, 1997
LANDOVER -- To a man, the members of the Washington Bullets say there's still enough time to make a postseason push. But it was difficult to find any encouraging signs after last night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.The Lakers limped into USAir Arena losers in four of their previous five games. Shaquille O'Neal and Robert Horry were sidelined with injuries.Still, behind the play of Elden Campbell and Nick Van Exel, the Lakers made it look easy down the stretch in a 122-107 victory before a sellout crowd of 18,756.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1997
For all the problems he has had with coaches since entering the NBA, Rod Strickland has always been a winner.From the time he was picked in the first round of the draft by the New York Knicks in 1988 through the turmoil of a year ago, when he was with the Portland Trail Blazers, Strickland has been in the playoffs in each of his eight years and has played in more postseason games (41) than the rest of his current teammates combined (15).So as the Washington Bullets' playoff chances keep fading, the days for Strickland get tougher.
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