• Move to Washington – Now the “Caps”

    The Bank of America was threatening to foreclose on a $1.2 million loan to the team and in August 1969 a group of Washington, D.C. investors led by Earl Foreman bought the team and moved it to Washington for the upcoming season.

    With the move came a new identity for the team as the green and gold clad Washington Caps. Al Bianchi was the team’s coach. A federal appeals court ruled in favor of the Caps regarding Rick Barry’s contract. Barry openly objected to playing in Washington, DC, and sat out the first 32 games of the season, but the courts eventually forced him to report to the team. Barry and Warren Armstrong both played in the ABA All Star game but injuries limited their playing time for the season.

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The Washington Caps were an American Basketball Association team from 1969 through 1970.

Established
1967

City
Oakland – Washington D.C. Norfolk

League History
1967 – 1976  American Basketball Association

Team History
1970 – 1976  Virginia Squires
1969 – 1970  Washington Caps

1967 – 1969  Oakland Oaks

Nickname
Caps – The nickname “Caps” is shortened from the Washington area Capitols.

Championship
ABA Championships  0
1969

Who is the greatest Washington Caps?

Arena
*Virginia*
1971 – 1976  Norfolk Scope
1970 – 1976  Hampton Coliseum
1970 – 1976  Richmond Coliseum
1971 – 1976  Roanoke Civic Center

*Washington D.C.*
1969 – 1970  Washington Coliseum

*Oakland*
1967 – 1969  Oakland Arena

Owner
1970 – 1976  Earl Foreman
1967 – 1969  Pat Boone

Coaches
1975 – 1976  Bill Musselman
1970 – 1975  Al Bianchi

1968 – 1969  Alex Hannum
1967 – 1968  Bruce Hale

*Blue is this team’s history

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