Unfinished Business: Jordan returns with Wizards for 01-02 Season.

Tell stories based on your franchise and career mode games here.

Unfinished Business: Jordan returns with Wizards for 01-02 Season.

Postby RMJH4 on Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:55 am

Image

The Michael Jordan Story.


The 1998-99 NBA lockout had taken its toll on a share of franchises throughout the league, including the Washington Wizards. The Wizards made the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade in 1997, but they missed in each of the following years and were on the verge of collapse at the turn of the century.

Majority owner Abe Pollin courted Jordan to be the team’s new president of basketball operations, and a deal was finalized in January 2000.

However, part of the deal — which gave Jordan five years as team president — also would have allowed Jordan’s ownership stake to grow to 20 percent, which would have given him the largest stake among any black owners, including Magic Johnson.

Jordan jumped at the chance for ownership, but it would not be long before he found a familiar itch.

Michael Jordan simply could not resist the urge to lace the sneakers up once again. He felt that he could do a better job of helping the Wizards on the floor rather than in the luxury boxes.

At 38, he signed a two-year deal with Washington. There were flashes of brilliance, like multiple “40 at 40” games and an epic chase-down block of former Bulls guard Ron Mercer.

Jordan averaged 21.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists while shooting 43.1 percent overall with Washington. While these numbers don’t exactly stack up to the 31.5 points (on 50.5 percent shooting), 6.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game during his time with the Bulls, they’re still impressive given his age at the time.

But, ultimately, Jordan could not save the Wizards on the court.

Washington failed to make the playoffs in either of the two seasons that Jordan spent with the team as a player (the Wizards went 37-45 in both seasons MJ played for them), and he was unceremoniously fired by Pollin in May 2003. Jordan’s work as an executive in the nation’s capital was infamously shoddy, with the Kwame Brown selection at the top of the 2001 NBA Draft one of the major misfires.

Here I aim to rewrite that infamous chapter in Jordan's career. Often wrongly disregarded by Die-Hard Jordan and Bulls fans.

We start in the offseason of 2001 just before the NBA Draft.

Console and Game: NBA2K20 on Steam
Roster: RMJH4's 2001-02 Season In Progress.
Draft Classes: 2001, 2002, 2003 Historic Draft Classes edited by me.
Quarters: 12 Minute Player Lock.
Sliders: Hall of Fame.
Last edited by RMJH4 on Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:29 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
RMJH4
 
Posts: 422
Joined: Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:59 am

Storyline.

Postby RMJH4 on Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:56 am

Last edited by RMJH4 on Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:28 am, edited 5 times in total.
User avatar
RMJH4
 
Posts: 422
Joined: Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:59 am

2001-02 Team Roster and Depth Chart

Postby RMJH4 on Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:57 am

Team Roster and Depth Chart.
Last edited by RMJH4 on Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:57 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
RMJH4
 
Posts: 422
Joined: Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:59 am

2001-02 Schedule.

Postby RMJH4 on Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:57 am

Schedule.
User avatar
RMJH4
 
Posts: 422
Joined: Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:59 am

Wizards claim #1 Draft Pick.

Postby RMJH4 on Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:11 am

Image
Image

Wizards claim #1 Draft Pick.


June 5th, 2001.

SECAUCUS, N.J. – Michael Jordan finally won something with the Washington Wizards – the NBA Draft Lottery.

The questions now are will the Wizards keep the top pick in next month's draft, and if they do, will the No. 1 choice get a chance to play with his boss. Jordan refused to shed light on speculation of a return to the court on Sunday evening in a static-filled telephone conference call from the 12th fairway of an undisclosed golf course after the Wizards posted their biggest win in years.

"Right now I've been focusing on my job," Jordan said when asked if the thought of playing with the top pick might influence his decision on a return to the NBA. Jordan, the Wizards president of basketball operations, was thrilled seeing the Wizards beat the odds in jumping from the No. 3 spot to No. 1 in the pingpong ball lottery. "When you're trying to build a team, you need some wild cards," said Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles before retiring after the 1997-98 season. He joined the Wizards as a part-owner in January 2000.

"Having the No. 1 pick is a wild card," Jordan added. "You're going to have some options thrown at you. We have an opportunity to rebuild this franchise a lot quicker." Having Jordan in the lineup would help, too. He has been working out with fellow retiree Charles Barkley in recent months. Barkley has hinted an announcement on their possible return will be made this summer.

"We all know Charles, sometimes he gets his mouth running," said Jordan, the third pick overall in the 1984 draft. The Wizards had the third-best chance of winning the lottery, and the fact that they won wasn't surprising. The team with the best chance of winning has now not won since 1990. The Bulls, who had the best chance of winning with 250 of 1,000 chances, actually slipped to fourth in this lottery in which the Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta Hawks joined the Wizards in beating the odds.

The Clippers, who only had 44 chances in the lottery, jumped from eighth to second, while the Hawks (89 chances) moved from fifth to third. Chicago will have the fourth pick in the draft June 27 in New York City. Golden State, which had the second-most chances with 200, slipped to fifth, and it was followed by Vancouver, the New Jersey Nets, Cleveland, Detroit, Boston, Denver, Seattle and Houston.

Jordan, who has seen Washington post a 36-89 record, including 19-63 this past season, made it a point not to watch the lottery because he "didn't want to get excited about it."
The problem for the Wizards is there isn't a consensus No. l pick in this draft.

In fact, the top player picked might end up being a high school player. Eddy Curry of Thornwood High School in Illinois and Kwame Brown of Glynn Academy in Georgia are highly regarded. Shane Battier of national champion Duke and Eddie Griffin of Seton Hall, one of a record 75 players to apply for early entry, are among the top players coming from the college ranks. Assistant general manager Rod Higgins, who represented the Wizards at the lottery at the headquarters of NBA Entertainment, indicated Washington might deal the pick. "Now we have an opportunity to exercise some trades, obviously," Higgins said. "There's not a Patrick Ewing; there's not a Shaquille O'Neal." Jordan wasn't so sure.

"Obviously we're going to have to evaluate our opportunities," said Jordan. "Right now if I had my druthers I'd rather keep the pick." In the lottery, ping-pong balls numbered 1 through 14 are placed in a drum and four are drawn to determine a four-digit combination. Washington, which had the third-best chance of winning at 15.7 percent, won when the combination 13-12-3-5 was drawn. The Wizards, who haven't won a playoff game in 13 years, had never moved up on lottery day before Sunday. One year, 1993, they dropped the maximum three slots and chose sixth despite having the third-worst record the season before.

The Clippers already have one of the youngest lineups in the league with Lamar Odom (21), Quinten Richardson (21) and Darius Miles (19) and Corey Maggette (21). "From eighth to second is pretty good jump," coach Alvin Gentry said. "It's a great draft for us. It gives us tremendous flexibility. There are a lot of great players. We can always get younger. We can move down or we can package it for a veteran player."

Dominique Wilkins, the special assistant to the executive vice president, said the Hawks will have some good options. "There are no franchise players, but there are a lot of guys who can come in and play an important role," he said. The Nets beat the odds to win last year's lottery, jumping from No. 7 to No. 1 overall. They selected Cincinnati forward Kenyon Martin with the top pick.
User avatar
RMJH4
 
Posts: 422
Joined: Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:59 am

2001 NBA Draft - Wizards take Gasol #1

Postby RMJH4 on Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:13 am

Image

Wizards select Pau Gasol with #1 pick.

Image


Michael Jordan had the top pick in the draft, and took the guy he wanted. Say whatever you want about the first European ever taken this high, but Jordan got the chance to put his stamp on the franchise, and he did. Kwame Brown had impressed everyone with his ability in recent workouts, becoming a consensus top choice. But Jordan saw or heard something he didn't like and it changed his mind late in the week about Brown. None of the other high schoolers impressed Jordan enough to take a punt on them either. Jordan want's somebody with an all around game. Enter Pau Gasol who played some small forward, power forward and center. In mock draft's he was placed anywhere from #20 to #3 in the draft, but nobody saw him going this high. at 7 foot 1, he's not just a traditional big, he can play the floor game and is a solid athlete. Is he ready to play 30 minutes a night right away? Not likely, but he is 21 and has three years of top competition in the EuroLeague under his belt. Jordan clearly see's him as being further along the road than the top high school prospects. Most observers agree he has a nice future, but it is somewhat of a shock to even Gasol to go this high. The Clippers will be thanking their lucky stars that Brown literally fell into their lap at #2.

Round 1 Full Results.
Image

Round 2 Full Results.
Image
User avatar
RMJH4
 
Posts: 422
Joined: Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:59 am

Jordan Returns.

Postby RMJH4 on Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:16 am

Image
Image

Jordan Returns.


September 25th, 2001 | by espn.com

>WASHINGTON -- The worst-kept secret in sports is out: Michael Jordan will play again in the NBA -- and not just for one season, but two.

After months of hints, smiles and winks that kept his fans on edge, Jordan finally announced his comeback Tuesday, saying he would play for the Washington Wizards through 2003 and donate his salary the first year -- $1 million -- to victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"I am returning as a player to the game I love," said Jordan, 38 and three years removed from what seemed to be a storybook ending to an unparalleled career. "I am especially excited about the Washington Wizards, and I'm convinced we have the foundation on which to build a playoff-contention team.

"The opportunity to teach our young players and help them elevate their game to a higher level, and to thank the fans in Washington for their loyalty and support, strongly influenced my decision," he said in a statement issued through his management agency.

The five-time league Most Valuable Player, who retired for a second time in 1999 after leading the Chicago Bulls to their sixth title of the decade, made it official after clearing up a licensing issue with one of his sponsors -- a disagreement that delayed the announcement by a day. NBA rules also required Jordan to sell his ownership stake in the Wizards.

Jordan never completely ruled out a comeback when he retired in January 1999, hedging his bets with the statement that he was "99.9 percent" certain he would never play again. Leaving the door open, even by one-tenth of 1 percent, meant Jordan could slip back into a uniform without going back on his word.

Now, he has.

"I am happy to welcome Michael Jordan, the player, back to the NBA, although, as commissioner, I am sorry to lose him in the board room," NBA commissioner David Stern said. "Michael has always brought joy to basketball fans around the world, and, in these difficult times, we can all use a little more joy in our lives."

Jordan's announcement was sure to hearten a city -- and entire country -- shocked by terrorism. Washington's economy has suffered since the Sept. 11 attacks, with Reagan National Airport remaining closed and hotel bookings far below capacity.

"This is certainly an extremely important moment in the history of our franchise, however our excitement is muted by the world events that surround us," Wizards owner Abe Pollin said.

"The greatest player in the history of the game is joining my team, and for that I am extremely honored and pleased."

Jordan will be in the unusual position of playing for the coach he hired, Doug Collins, who joined the Wizards in April and also coached Jordan for three seasons with the Bulls in the 1980s. Jordan will share the court with players he signed, drafted and traded for, including European sensation Pau Gasol, selected No. 1 overall by the Wizards in June.
Last edited by RMJH4 on Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:27 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
RMJH4
 
Posts: 422
Joined: Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:59 am

Wizards sign Patrick Ewing.

Postby RMJH4 on Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:25 am

Image
Image

Wizards sign Patrick Ewing.


September 26th, 2001 | by espn.com

WASHINGTON, DC. The Washington Wizards, hoping Patrick Ewing can solve their problems in the post, signed the free agent center to a contract Wednesday. "It wasn't a money issue," Ewing said. "It's about being somewhere where you're wanted, somewhere where you can make a difference, somewhere where you can be happy. After all those year's playing in Georgetown, I'm finally home."

Shortly after signing Michael Jordan, it was of no surprise that Ewing, 38 followed suit. Ewing is an 11-time All-Star and has been a past teammate of Jordan's with the Dream-Team in 1992 being the highlight. "We have a lot of young talent on this team, but we did need some experience. For Pau Gasol, Patrick can be instrumental to his development. Ewing is a pro's pro," said Wizards coach Doug Collins.

"We needed guys who have gone through the wars of the playoffs, who could tell our young guys what it's going to be like. In adding Michael and Patrick this week, we couldn't ask for better." Ewing played with the New York Knicks for 15 seasons before being traded to Seattle last summer.

With the Sonics, the 7-foot Ewing posted averaged 9.6 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game and shot 43 percent. Ewing said his advanced age won't be a liability. "Age is a state of mind," said Ewing, who turns 39 on Aug. 5.

"Naturally, I'm not the same athlete I was when I was younger, but in some ways I think I'm better than I was then. I know the game better; I'm mentally stronger." said Ewing.

"Watching the Wizards play last season, I'm like, 'This team, it needs more help in the post'" Ewing said. "I think I will fit in good on this team." On draft night, the Wizards selected Barcelona standout power forward/small forward Pau Gasol, a 7-footer, with the #1 pick in the draft.

The Wizards need a lot more than an aging center this year though. But with Jordan and Ewing's experience, they may help guide the Wizards in the right direction this season. Christian Laettner has not resigned with this Wizards this summer yet. The Wizards don't seem to be finished reshaping their roster yet. Watch this space.
User avatar
RMJH4
 
Posts: 422
Joined: Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:59 am


Return to Stories from the Virtual Hardwood

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 19 guests