This was an extremely difficult decision because I'm personally very fond of EddieWizards fire Eddie Jordan Nov 24, 2008
Ernie has done an outstanding job in his tenure with the Wizards and is most deserving of this extensionGrunfeld gets contract extension Oct 04, 2006
My plan was to hire a president or a general manager first, but I revised that plan because I wanted to make sure that Eddie was our coachWizards hire Eddie Jordan as coach Jun 19, 2003
Several weeks ago, Doug and I spoke and we promised each other we would be fair in whatever happenedWizards fire Doug Collins May 30, 2003
I firmly believe that Michael's time with us as a player will have a lasting impact on every player on our roster, and there is no question that our fans were treated to a very unique two seasons as the greatest player in the world completed his career here in WashingtonIn Sports from United Press International May 08, 2003
Abe Pollin (December 3, 1923 – November 24, 2009) was the owner of a number of professional sports teams including the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League (NHL), the Washington Mystics in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the Washington Wizards in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Pollin was the longest-tenured owner of an NBA team, holding the Packers/Zephyrs/Bullets/Wizards franchise for 46 years. He was one of the most famous owners in professional sports history.
Pollin was born on 3 December 1923 to Mr. and Mrs. Morris Pollin. When he was 8, Pollin's family moved to the Washington area from Philadelphia. Pollin graduated from The George Washington University in 1945 and took a job with his family’s construction company for 12 years. The Pollins launched their own construction company in 1957.
Abe Pollin is a member of the Levy family as well. A successful construction contractor in the Washington area, he headed an investment group that bought the then Baltimore Bullets in 1964. He moved the team to the Washington area in 1973 after building the Capital Centre. In 1996, Pollin announced that he was changing the team's name because he felt the name "Bullets" had too many negative connotations. "Our slogan used to be 'Faster than a speeding bullet,' but that is no longer appropriate," Pollin told the press. A "name-the-team" contest yielded the name "Wizards."