Hanrahan: Counting down to the new look Wizards

Hanrahan: Counting down to the new look Wizards
May 2, 2011, 2:51 pm

Monday, May 2, 2011 5:29 p.m.By Frank HanrahanCSNwashington.com

The Washington Wizards will go back to the old red white and blue colors that the Bullets wore in their heyday, including the team's only championship in 1978. The newold color scheme and logo will be unveiled in a May 10 event to season ticket holders at Verizon Center.

Over the next few days leading up to the unveiling, I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of the greats that donned the BulletsWizards threads.

First up, Jeff Malone.

Malone was a sweet shooting, plentiful scorer for the Bullets for many seasons in the 1980's. Malone played for Washington from 1983-90 and he madehis onlyAll-Star game in just his third season, averaging 22.4 points a game. During Malones rookie season, he hit a game-winning 3-point shot, against the Detroit Pistons, falling out-of-bounds along the left baseline. giving the Bullets a 103-102 victory. It's considered one of the better buzzer-beaters of all time.

In his final year as a Bullet, Malone averaged 24.3 a game, but was dealt away that season to Utah. Malone actually played until 1996 when he was let go by Miami after a stint with Philadelphia. Malone averaged 19 points a game spanning a 13-year NBA career.Efficient, efficient scorer, Wizards coach Flip Saunders told me when I asked him what came to mind with Malone? He could get to where ever he wanted to with just one or two dribbles and he never did anything flashy. Hewas just extremely fundamental in as far as how he went about doing things, Saunders said. He had a great ability to come off screens. If he got a little separation he was going to knock down the shot.Malone was the go to guy offensively for many seasons in D.C. He was an inside, outside threat who could hit the jumper, but healso floated to the lane forshort shots. Malone wasnt shy to attack the rim either, because it seemed likedMalone was at the free throw line a ton and he made defenders pay for their miscues. Malone shot 87 percent from the foul line for his career.After his playing days were over, Malone toiled in coaching as he headed up the D-League Columbus River Dragons from 2001-05.Next Up: Wes Unseld