- The Washington Times - Monday, August 8, 2005

The Washington Wizards’ success last season resulted in their most national television appearances for the upcoming season since Michael Jordan’s career ended in 2003. However, the schedule has its challenges — particularly at the beginning and end.

The Wizards will be on national television seven times in 2005-06, up from three last season. Washington, coming off its first playoff appearance in eight years, opens its season Nov. 2 at Toronto and then plays at New York on Nov. 4 before opening a four-game homestand at MCI Center on Nov. 5 against Orlando.

Of their first 13 games, all but five will be played away from MCI Center, where the Wizards won 29 games last season, the most since they began playing there in 1997.

An even more brutal stint comes in the stretch run, when the Wizards will play 12 of their final 16 games on the road.

The Wizards will make their first nationally televised appearance against Minnesota on Nov. 17 on TNT. The team will play again on TNT at Indiana on Dec. 8. ESPN will carry three Wizards games (at Dallas on Feb. 15, at Houston on March 31 and at Boston on April 5), and ABC will carry two (home against Philadelphia on Feb. 12 and home against Sacramento on March 5).

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