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Bob Dandridge at Fan Fest

Bob Dandridge, a four-time NBA all-star who played for the Washington Bullets from 1977 to 1981 and won an NBA title in 1978, attended Washington Wizards' FanFest on Sunday, an event that capped training camp at George Mason. Dandridge also played nine seasons for the Milwaukee Bucks, winning his first NBA championship in 1971 alongside greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. He shared some thoughts about the Wizards, rookie John Wall and the new attitude of Gilbert Arenas.

On this year's team:
"I think this year we have a new group of players, young players, giving the coaching [staff] an opportunity to almost start fresh with what they say are their own players. I think last year the coach inherited players. This year he has had a chance to pick and choose guys that he has brought in. And I think the team this year is very receptive to the coaching and learning of the new coaching staff."

On John Wall:
"I think he's a talent because he knows the game of basketball and he knows how to make the good passes. He's going to have to adjust to the fact that in college he may be taller than everybody else but now he's gonna have point guards as quick as he is. But I think with his size and his ability to get to the basket, he's going to be able to make everybody else better. He's probably going to need to work on his jump shot a little more. But other than that, I think he's just a great quality player."

On the new Gilbert Arenas:
"I think once he gets into playing, he has to be himself. I always thought he was a good kid. I was a jovial player but I just think when it comes to court and when it comes to public surroundings he has to be careful. But from what I've seen of him, I think he's ready to play. You know, he seems to be into the flow of things. He can get a shot anytime he wants so I can see flashes of the old Gilbert."

On new owner Ted Leonsis and his efforts to bring in former players:
"He's talking about starting an alumni association. And I think one of the trademarks of the Celtics and teams that have won over the years, guys have realized that the franchise has been a winning franchise. And I don't know if that was lost when the name went from the Bullets to the Wizards. But this organization has a winning history when you look back down the line. You know, they were always conference champions, I mean even before the championship game, they were always in the finals. They always had two or three guys in the all-star team; four guys in the hall of fame. This has always been an outstanding franchise. Mr. (Abe) Pollin did a great job of bringing the franchise along. I just think that Mr. Leonsis wants the players and the fans not to forget that this is a great franchise."

By james wagner  | October 4, 2010; 12:04 PM ET
 
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Bobby D. is one of my all time favorite Bullets player. He would roll to the basket and push his knee into the chest of the defender to get seperation for that sweet runner. I like what Leonsis is doing with bringing back the great players from the past.

Posted by: ralston21 | October 4, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

...when is the Big E coming back? I remember the Capitol Center rocking with everybody yelling EEEEeeeeeee!! after he'd hit that patented turnaround jumper. Loved that team, specially when the fat lady would sing...

Posted by: oddjob1 | October 4, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Bobby D. played college ball at Norfolk State with my second cousin "Hawk" Long who also played for the Globetrotters and was soon after drafted by the Army and played bball for them as well.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 4, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The acquisition of Bobby Dandridge during the 77-78 season was absoluetly the key move in the Bullets lone NBA Championship run.

With all the respect in the world to Mike Riorden, who could shoot the lights out when he was on, and the late Nick Witherspoon, who was only a rookie but could and did provide spark off the bench, the team needed a reliable third scoring option in addition to Hayes and Chenier, as well as a reliable wing defender.

Ralston had it right in his comment above, Dandridge knew how to make the space he needed to get his shot off... and in fact, he did not require much space at all to hit a clutch 15 footer from the side with a defender literally draped all over him.

Our long list of 2009-10 SF candidates would do well to study film of Dandridge in action on offense and defense. He was a prototype for today's wings. I would love to see him help Nick Young make the transition from the 2 to the 3 and save his career in the process

Posted by: khrabb | October 5, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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