Monthly Archives: November 2009

Washington Mourns Loss of Wizards’ Owner Abe Pollin

NBA giant moved franchise to D.C., built downtown arena with his own means, and was a friend to many local charities:

By JOSEPH WHITE (AP) – 28 minutes ago

WASHINGTON — Abe Pollin, the Washington Wizards owner who brought an NBA championship to the nation’s capital and later had the mettle to stand up to Michael Jordan, died Tuesday. He was 85.

His death was announced by his company, Washington Sports & Entertainment. No details were disclosed but Pollin suffered from progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare brain disorder impairs movement and balance. He had heart bypass surgery in 2005 and broke his pelvis two years later.

Pollin was the NBA’s longest-tenured owner. With his death, a group led by longtime AOL executive Ted Leonsis is poised to take ownership of a Washington-area sports empire that began when Pollin purchased the Baltimore Bullets in 1964.

In the changing world of professional sports, Pollin stood out for decades as an owner who tried to run his teams like a family business. He bemoaned the runaway salaries of free agency and said it would have been difficult for him to keep the Wizards if it weren’t for the NBA’s salary cap.

Pollin considered his greatest accomplishment the Verizon Center. He risked much of his fortune to build the arena in a neglected D.C. neighborhood, and it has spearheaded a revitalization of downtown Washington since its opening in 1997.

“There’s no important initiative or any end to difficult situations or any settlement or any legislation that Abe was not leading the way on across all these years,” NBA commissioner David Stern said in March. “He’s been an extraordinary league person, always voting the league way, similar to what he did in building Verizon Center. He was going the D.C. way, not necessarily what was in his best economic interest but what was in the best economic interests of Washington, D.C.”…

The Man will be missed (and I meant to capitalize it).


Duke Overpowers Radford 104-67, Nolan Smith Nets 20

Blue Devils smoke Radford 104-67, as former Riverdale Baptist player Nolan Smith pours in 20.


Scottie Reynolds Scores 18 as Villanova Nips George Mason

Wildcats barely survive Patriots, as Herndon grad contributes 18:


Whole Lotta Shakin’: Kevin Durant’s Shoulder Shimmy Has Method

Story behind Kevin Durant’s free throw routine:


Rabbit Redux: Elgin Baylor Goes Back to Seattle

You can go home again, as the world’s most famous Spingard High grad did:


Scottie Reynolds Deals With Family

Villanova star and Herndon High grad is adopted:


Nolan Smith Leads Duke to Rout

Duke University thrashed Charlotte 101-59 in a warmup, as Upper Marlboro’s Nolan Smith netted 24 points, dished out five assists, and collared five boards. Smith is a junior who was hampered by injuries last season.



Thunder Beat Heat: Kevin Durant Defeats “Flash”

Oklahoma City routed Miami 100-87, buoyed by 32 points, nine rebounds, and five assists from D.C.’s Kevin Durant. In other NBA news, the Pacers beat the Nets 91-83, as Roy Hibbert of Georgetown Prep scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked three shots.

The Thunder have already won six games, which took them all of 38 games to accomplish last year. Helps to be led by D.C. area products Durant and (Northwestern grad) Jeff Green.


News 5’s “The Roundup”: Spurs’ Roger Mason One of 62 NBA Players From D.C.

San Antonio sportscaster sheds light on depth of local basketball talent:–69752762.html

his quote:

Consider the Following

…Roger Mason, Jr., is one of 62 players born in the District of Columbia who’ve gone on to play in the NBA or ABA. But of those 62, Mason is no. 1 in career free throw percentage (at 88.2 percent lifetime, he’s a smidge ahead of the no. 2, Kevin Durant) and second all-time in three-point shooting percentage (current ESPN analyst Tim Legler is no. 1 at 43.1 percent).

More worthless trivia: Despite being smaller in both population and total area than both Virginia and Maryland, D.C.’s had more NBA/ABA players than either. Virginia’s sent 54 players to the pros; Maryland has 46…


Kevin Durant Hits 37 on 18-18 Free Throws

D.C. native scores 37 in Thunder’s 101-98 loss to Sacramento. He had three steals and five rebounds, and Northwestern grad Jeff Green scored 19 with three steals and two blocks.