The Wizards were eliminated in the second round of the NBA playoffs, but they are “truly winners in every meaningful way” in the eyes of the D.C. Council, which approved a ceremonial resolution to honor the team after a reading on Wednesday.
The Council may choose to honor the Wizards with a formal presentation at a later date, as it did Bryce Harper in April 2013 with the “Bryce Harper National League Rookie of the Year Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2012.”
The Wizards’ ceremonial resolution, which is signed by council members Jack Evans and Vincent B. Orange, praises John Wall for being voted “dunker of the night” at the NBA dunk contest, and the team’s first winning record and playoff appearance since 2008.
It reads, in part:
To recognize and honor the Washington Wizards on their winning season, trip to the National Basketball Association (“NBA”) playoffs and advancing to the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2005.
WHEREAS, on Monday, May 5, 2014, the Washington Wizards defeated the Indiana Pacers by a score of 102-96 to win their first second-round game since 1982.
WHEREAS, on Thursday, May 15, 2014, despite an inspiring and valiant effort, the Washington Wizards lost to the Indiana Pacers, thus ending the season but providing hope for a rich basketball future in the District.
WHEREAS, the Washington Wizards are truly winners in every meaningful way.
WHEREAS, the excitement stirred, the overwhelming fan support and commitment will carry on, and the Wizards will continue to grow individually and as a team.
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, that this resolution may be cited as the “Washington Wizards 2013-2014 Season Celebration Recognition Resolution of 2014”.
Bravo, D.C. Council. The only thing missing was a #dcRising reference and maybe a mention of BBQ pierogies. The full resolution is posted below.