"Classy, dignified, informed and prepared, Phil has exemplified the very best as a player and broadcaster," Buckhantz said in a press release. "Growing up with the Bullets with Phil as one of my role models made a huge impact on me, so it has been an honor and blessing to spend the last twenty years alongside him as a partner and a friend. I will feel a tremendous amount of pride watching his number 45 jersey raised to join the other greatest Bullets of all time."
"Give this city a consistent winner, and they're going to come out," he said. "Look at the Capitals. Eight years ago, you couldn't put 6,000 people in Verizon Center. Now you can't get a ticket. That's the best example. If the Nationals are vying for the division title each year, people will come out."