Last Sunday, the Washington Wizards defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 101-94 at home. It was also a special night for Bob Dandridge, who was a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee this year and a member of the then-Washington Bullets’ championship team in 1978. During halftime, Dandridge was honored with a video congratulating his induction to the Hall of Fame along with a giveaway rally towel displaying his No. 10 jersey.
You can see the video the Wizards released above.
The timing of Dandridge doesn’t seem to be a coincidence. He was also a member of the Bucks, where he was part of their 1971 NBA championship team when they defeated the Bullets who were in Baltimore at the time. In fact, Dandridge is one of the Bucks’ all-time greats since he played 9 of his 13 seasons (1969-78 and 1981-82) with them. His No. 10 jersey was retired by Milwaukee back in 2015.
While Dandridge is also one of the Wizards’ all-time greats, retiring his jersey number could be complicated. The No. 10 jersey is already retired for Earl Monroe, who played for the then-Baltimore Bullets from 1967-71. Monroe’s number wasn’t retired immediately after he was traded to the New York Knicks and Dandridge was one of his contemporaries.
But at the same time, Dandridge was a member of the Bullets’ championship roster while Monroe wasn’t, and he was also an All-Star in the 1978-79 season for Washington. And finally, he has served as the Executive Director of their alumni association since Monumental Sports & Entertainment took over ownership of the Wizards in 2010. So I am on board with the Wizards retiring Dandridge’s No. 10 as well sometime in the near future.
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