Michael Wilbon said “Personally, I think the association between the name of the local basketball team and horrible things that people do with guns is a reach. Me? I’d keep the name Bullets. But I can understand Pollin’s growing uneasiness, and if there’s ever a time to change it, now would be that time, what with Chris Webber and Juwan Howard aboard and new uniforms and a new downtown arena in the works.”
The Untimely Demise of Yitzhak Rabin
On November 4, 1995, Mr. Pollins’ friend Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin would be shot at three times at a Tel Aviv Peace Rally by a Jewish Ultranationalist. Two of the bullets would pierce his arm/back. He would go on to die later that evening.
The Boston Market Team Naming Contest
The Washington Bullets ended up working out an agreement with Boston Market, to which the fast-food chain would sponsor a team re-naming contest. Over 500,000 submissions were received including over 3,000 different names!
Fans then got to vote on a selection of five team names that Mr. Pollin had chosen. Those team names were the Sea Dogs, Express, Stallions, Dragons and Wizards. A one-dollar donation to anti-violence efforts was made for each vote that was received.