The Washington Wizards entered the NBA in 1961 and have enjoyed considerable success. They’ve won an NBA title, are four-time conference champions and have won their division six times. Unfortunately for their fans, all of this success took place in the 1970’s. They’ve made the playoffs sporadically since then but have only won two playoff series since 1980. During much of the past 30 years they’ve alternately been a doormat and a freak show but finally are heading in the right direction with young stars and an excellent head coach in Randy Whitman.
The Wizards’ franchise began play in the 1961-62 season as the Chicago Packers and had the distinction of being the first NBA expansion team of the modern era. In 1962-63, there was a name change to the Chicago Zephyrs but not much improvement on the court. The Packers/Zephyrs went 18-62 in their first year and 25-55 in their second year. In something of an irony due to the NBA’s legacy of success in the ‘Windy City’, the team left Chicago the following year and headed to Baltimore. Adopting the new moniker ‘Baltimore Bullets’ and playing their games in the Baltimore Arena. They’d stay in the ‘Charm City’ for the next decade before moving to Landover, Maryland where they’d play in a brand new Capital Centre Arena. They first adopted the awkward name ‘Capital Bullets’ but changed it the next year to the ‘Washington Bullets’. Despite the name change, they would continue to play a few games a year in Baltimore until the mid-1990’s.
After a dominant decade in the 1970’s, the Bullets’ fortunes went south, and they’ve found only marginal success since then. The team got a new name in 1995–owner Abe Pollin decided he didn’t like the violent connotation of the nickname ‘Bullets’ and opted instead for the magical connotation of the nickname ‘Wizards’. In 1997, they’d move to the MCI Center (now the Verizon Center) in the Chinatown area of Washington, DC. With the exception of a two-year dalliance with Michael Jordan (who came out of retirement at age 38) the Wizards have had an undistinguished existence until recently. Finally, they’re showing signs of building a competitive franchise around John Wall.
Along with success the Wizards are attracting a growing fan base that extends beyond the DC metro area. The Wizards’ reputation as a hard working team that is fun to watch is making them more popular than any time since the 1970’s. Fans looking to watch Wizards game live will be seeing them more often on national TNT and ESPN broadcasts in the coming season. After being largely ignored for the past decade, they’re scheduled to play in 10 nationally televised games during the 2014-2015 season (9 on ESPN, one on TNT). Fans hoping for a streaming Wizards basketball game online will be pleased to know that ESPN’s streaming is good, though TNT has a limited streaming schedule. The most rabid Wizards fans will want to subscribe to the NBA League Pass, which offers viewers every televised game all season long. A Washington Wizards live stream is available via a multi-platform digital presence. The NBA League Pass isn’t cheap, however, and will set you back $149 for online access alone and another $50 if you want to watch on TV.
The smart thing to do is to forget all of the network schedule nonsense and the inconsistent streaming availability and watch Washington Wizards online for free. It’s a very simple process to get every Washington Wizards’ TV game or even the radio stream for tonight’s game online. Websites such as Wiziwigtv, Stream2U, First Row Sports and others offer a comprehensive directory of live sports streams. These directories are organized by sport and make finding a Washington Wizards live stream extremely easy. Other sites come online frequently, so a Google search is a good idea. Once you locate the game you want to listen to there are options to select stream speed in order to find the best one for your Internet connection.
You’re then ready to watch the Washington Wizards game live. You can watch on your computer, of course, and with a large monitor and good sound system this experience rivals that of HD television. Alternately, you can access the live streams with your tablet/smartphone or a set-top device like a Roku Player or Google ChromeCast. With a set top device, you can watch the stream on your TV set free of charge. There’s no better way to enjoy the Washington Wizards’ 2013-2014 season!