For the third time since 1997, the Washington Wizards will mark the end of a long postseason drought by meeting the Chicago Bulls in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. A lot has changed since the last time, a 4-2 Wizards series win in 2005.
The last time the Wizards played the Bulls in the playoffs…
This was the front page of Sports on the day of Game 1.
Jason Campbell was the Redskins’ QB of the future. For all we knew, Carlos Rogers had good hands.
Campbell’s selection will certainly add intrigue to training camp. Washington positioned itself to select him by sending three picks — including their 2006 first-rounder — to Denver for the 25th pick on Tuesday, but Gibbs said he still believed there was a good chance Campbell would be gone by then. Gibbs and offensive assistants Don Breaux, Jack Burns and Bill Musgrave, all of whom have extensive experience playing and/or coaching quarterbacks, began to pursue Campbell after watching his game film and felt they could not let him get away.
Campbell’s size (6-4, 223 pounds), accuracy, quickness, ability outside the pocket, elusiveness and arm strength — “He can actually throw a fadeaway,” Gibbs said. “He doesn’t have to be stepping forward.” — caught their attention. Campbell was slow to develop at Auburn, where he played under four offensive coordinators in four years, and struggled until this past season, when he played in a system very similar to what Washington plans to run.
Alex Ovechkin hadn’t scored an NHL goal.
The Capitals made Ovechkin the No. 1 pick in the 2004 NHL draft, but he didn’t make his debut until October 2005 because of the lockout.
“If you are second, you are second. If you are first, you are first,” Ovehckin said of being the No. 1 pick. “I always want to be first. My mom and dad always said [whether] you play hockey or football, you always want to be first.”
Twitter wasn’t invented, which meant there was no #dcRising.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) April 17, 2014
The ‘#’ was a symbol on a phone, or shorthand for a homemade sign: ‘We’re #1!” There were also fewer photos from the team plane.
Headed back DC! Let’s get it!! pic.twitter.com/R4H87zSQHN
— Drew Gooden (@DrewGooden) April 17, 2014
Kwame Brown was on the Wizards.
He had 13 points and nine rebounds in Washington’s Game 1 loss.
Michael Wilbon was a Post columnist.
The rather dramatic differences in styles could make Wizards-Bulls one of the best first-round series in the playoffs. The Bulls, unless Coach Scott Skiles departs from his system, will use their entire bench and play even their best players fewer than 30 minutes. The Wizards have three players — Arenas, Hughes and Jamison — who play more than 38 minutes per game and are all among the league’s top 20 players in minutes. The Bulls would love to be able to throw fresh defenders at tired Wizards in the fourth quarter — fresh and physical defenders.
John Wall was a 14-year-old high school freshman.
He split time between the junior varsity and varsity team at Garner (N.C.) Magnet School. Wall earned all-conference honors as a sophomore.
The Nationals, who played their home games at RFK Stadium, lost a game at Shea Stadium.
Washington’s lineup for the game written about on the front page above featured Carlos Baerga, Tony Blanco and pitcher Tomo Ohka.
There was no D.C. Sports Bog.
Happier times for some of you?
Of course, some things have stayed the same…
Kirk Hinrich is still on the Bulls.
Hinrich started 77 games as a second-year player in 2005 and had the best view of Gilbert Arenas’s DAGGER in Game 5. With the exception of short stints with Atlanta and Washington from 2010-12, the former Kansas star has spent his entire career in Chicago.
And there’s this.
Wiz have won one playoff series in 30 years. It was as the 5 seed, against 4th-seeded Chicago
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) April 17, 2014