Jeremy Hyman | WashingtonWizards.com
For the first time since 1999, the Wizards will return to Baltimore for a preseason game against the New York Knicks on October 17th in the inaugural Baltimore Basketball Classic at Baltimore Arena.
The Wizards franchise changed their name to the Bullets and moved from Chicago to Baltimore in 1963, playing at the Baltimore Civic Center from 1963-1973. Now that this season is the 50th anniversary of the move as well as the 50th anniversary of the Baltimore Arena, this game will pay homage to the city of Baltimore.
"The city of Baltimore has a storied basketball tradition that includes playing an integral role in the history of our franchise," said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. "We’re looking forward to bringing the team back in October and getting the opportunity to play in front of our fans in the Baltimore area."
It's also a homecoming for Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell along with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony who moved from New York to Baltimore when he was 8.
Cassell was named Baltimore Player of the Year as a senior at Dunbar in 1988, while Anthony was named Baltimore's County Player of the Year, All-Metropolitan Player of the Year and Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year as a junior at Towson Catholic in 2001.
Ticket information for the Baltimore Basketball Classic will be released at a later date. Wizards full season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase seats in advance of tickets going on sale to the general public.
If you didn't think the Wizards preseason slate had enough storylines, this news caps off what should be an exciting month of October which will have the Wizards playing in Rio de Janeiro, Lexington, KY, Cincinnati, OH, and now Baltimore, MD.
Training Camp is scheduled to open on September 28th. Can't come soon enough!