The giant spark plug in Johnny Egan's attic is nearly as big as he is. A gift from Bullets fans, the 4-foot trophy depicts the spunky guard's role on Baltimore's NBA team one-half century ago. Then, he'd come off the bench, time after time, to ignite the offense or fire up the defense.
The expectations have been raised, perhaps higher than they've been in a decade. The roster has been bolstered, with the additions of aging superstar Paul Pierce and blue-collar power forward DeJuan Blair. Are the Washington Wizards for real, or was last season just a nasty tease for the team's long-suffering fans?
If Len Bias could attend his own Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday, he'd do so as a 50-year-old man. That's a heck of a thing to wrap your head around if you grew up as an obsessed ACC basketball fan in the 1980s.
The ride from Collingswood, N.J., to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame takes about four hours by car. Fueled by a passion for the game very few possess, a South Jersey gym rat named Gary Williams arrived here in the class of 2014 after a four-plus-decade coaching journey.
On Friday he is to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a greying icon of a long-gone professional league that introduced the tri-colored ball and the 3-point shot. That's where Bob "Slick" Leonard won acclaim.
Arnold A. Heft, a former minor league Orioles pitcher who later was an NBA referee, co-owner of the Baltimore Bullets and became a noted and colorful turfman, died March 12 in his sleep at Sunrise at Fox Hill Senior Living Facility in Bethesda. He was 94.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
Maryland (16-14, 8-9 ACC) will be looking for a signature win while Virginia (25-5, 16-1) comes in as hot as the then No. 2 Terps were in 2002, when they won their first national championship. The Cavaliers have won 13 straight.
Half a century ago, the Baltimore Bullets came into the world without much fuss. There was no parade for the city's new National Basketball Association team. The opening night crowd fell far short of a sellout. And the Bullets bowed meekly to the world champion Boston Celtics, as they would the first nine times they played them.
Brothers Tim Connelly (Denver Nuggets), Pat Connelly (Phoenix Suns), Joe Connelly (Washington Wizards) and Dan Connelly (Utah Jazz) grew up in Baltimore's Roland Park neighborhood and now work for NBA franchises.
Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos compared Bucknell center Mike Muscala to one of his favorite former NBA players for his hometown Boston Celtics. Muscala is not the second coming of Kevin McHale, but against the Greyhounds on Friday night, he was more than enough.
10 years after the national title, Juan Dixon says he's 'going to get back to the NBA' Former Maryland star hopes to channel his improbable rise to success to pen the final chapter of his basketball career.
Steve Blake, as a steady and much sought-after point guard, has parlayed his skills into his current four-year, $16 million contract with the Lakers, it is not much different than the role he played during his four seasons at Maryland.
The addition of HLN host Nancy Grace to the lineup of ABC's 2011 "Dancing with the Stars" is such an exquisite example of how calculating and exploitative prime-time network TV can be. This year's cast also includes Chaz Bono, David Arquette and Rob Kardashian.