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Old 08-21-2009, 09:18 PM   #1
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The 10-day trip will include current Wizards and former Bullets players who participated in the original trip in 1979. I've heard that Caron Butler, Randy Foye and Big Wes Unseld will be part of the caravan, as well as other Wizards executives and officials

While in China, the Wizards will host a series of basketball clinics and engage in other philanthropic activities. It won't compare to the grand diplomatic efforts in 1979, when the defending champion Bullets played in a couple of exhibition games. I spoke with Pollin about that trip two years ago and he shared with me a hilarious story (to me, at least) about Elvin Hayes and Dave Corzine refused to get off the bus at the Great Wall of China:

As players and their wives poured off a bus to take in the splendor of the Great Wall, Elvin Hayes and Dave Corzine refused to budge.

Pollin peered back and asked Hayes if he was coming. "I've seen a big wall before, Mr. Pollin," Hayes told him. Wes Unseld tried to persuade Hayes by telling him the wall was the only man-made structure that can be seen from outer space. To which Hayes responded, "I'm never going into outer space."
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