It's hard to believe, but the NBA season is just around the corner. So come with us now as we present five tiny tidbits on each team, just to get you in the mood. Today we continue with the Southeast Division, so do us a favor and send your tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 1. The Don Ohl Era Begins. The Wizards began in 1961 as — no, not the Bullets — the Chicago Packers. Then the Chicago Zephyrs. Then in 1964, they moved to Baltimore and became the Bullets. That season they pulled off a blockbuster trade, sending Terry Dischinger, Rod Thorn and Don Kojis to the Detroit Pistons for Bailey Howell, Don Ohl, Bob Ferry and Wali Jones.
• 3. Would You Prefer Multiple Choice? Guess which Wizards player had his name accidentally printed as "Antawn" instead of "Antwan" on his birth certificate, with his parents just deciding to keep it. Give up? Hoo; you're not exactly the smartest banana in the bunch, are you?
• 4. No Man Is An Island. Besides being born on April Fools Day (1978), Etan Thomas (Uncle Etan to his friends) is the only Wizards player from Grenada. He also writes poems about Abe Pollin's prostate.
• 5. Jordan Rules. Head coach Eddie Jordan led Rutgers to the NCAA Final Four in 1976, then went on to play for the Cavaliers, Nets, Lakers and Trail Blazers. He has five children from two marriages and one, well, not-so-married. It happens.