This could be a basketball town

This could be a basketball town
April 19, 2012, 12:43 pm
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By Mike Andrews Contributor

On the airwaves and on the TV screens, there has been debate about what kind of a town Washington D.C. is. The consensus is that it is still a football town with the Redskins. With the Nationals early season success, many believe this could become a baseball town, but no one thinks that this will ever be a basketball town.

I disagree.

For an end-of-the-season game versus the Milwaukee Bucks on a Wednesday night on a chilly, rainy night in DC, the crowd (although thin at 14,141) really showed their loyalty to a basketball team whos looking at ending the season as the second-worst in the NBA.

Late arriving as usual, the crowd didnt really begin to settle in until the second quarter; but by the fourth quarter when the game was on the line, it sounded like a sold-out crowd inside the Verizon Center.

Wednesday night was Military Appreciation Night, and its possible that the spirit of the armed forces in the building was part of the reason for the motivated crowd, but there was one case in particular that showed me there are really loyal fans in this town.

Seated behind me was a fan who may have had a few too many Miller Lites, but he knew every single name on the Wizards roster, he belted out in excitement for every single basket, and booed for every poor call.

Although a bit obnoxious by the second quarter, he showed that there is a deep fan base for this team that cant wait for a winning season and a trip back to the postseason in the future.

We all saw how raucous the Verizon Center got during the infamous ClevelandWashington series a few years back, and with the right pieces and right play calling, the Verizon Center can transition this team back into a basketball town.