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BULLETS MAY HAVE A NEW NAME COME SUMMER
Published May 2, 1995
Citing "sensitivity to the number of gun-related deaths in the area," Bullets Owner Abe Pollin said yesterday that he will decide this summer whether to change the name of his team. Although he has made no final decision, Pollin's comments suggest he is "leaning toward dropping the name" the franchise has had for the past 31 years. Pollin: "In the old days, our motto was 'Faster than a speeding Bullet.' Today the connotation is a little different." Pollin said he has "no preference" for a new nickname and is "uncertain" of a timetable for a change. If there is a change, however, it would most likely be for the '96- 97 season when the proposed new downtown DC arena is scheduled to open. Bullets officials reportedly "favor" a new name because it would continue the "widespread facelift" that began with the arena plans and the signings of Chris Webber and Juwan Howard (Richard Justice, WASHINGTON POST, 5/2).