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NBA Legend Wes Unseld Dies at 74

NBA Hall of Fame center Wes Unseld are seen during a press conference
NBA Hall of Famer Wes Unseld: March 14, 1946-June 2, 2020 (Cao Zichen Sh/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 June 2020 10:40 PM

NBA legend Wes Unseld died Tuesday morning at 74, according to a statement.

The former Washington Bullets forward helped lead to franchise to its only NBA championship.

Unseld has recently battled several health issues, including a recent bout of pneumonia.

"He was the rock of our family — an extremely devoted patriarch who reveled in being with his wife, children, friends and teammates," his family wrote. "He was our hero and loved playing and working around the game of basketball for the cities of Baltimore and Washington D.C., cities he proudly wore on his chest for so many years."

His career highlights include winning the Rookie of the Year and regular-season MVP awards in the same season, five all-star game appearances and a finals' MVP after winning the NBA championship in 1978.

"We all admired Wes as the pillar of this franchise for so long, but it was his work off the court that will truly leave an impactful legacy and live on through the many people he touched and influenced throughout his life of basketball and beyond," said Ted Leonsis, Chairman & CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, owner of the Wizards.

Unseld was also inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988 and named one of the 50 greatest players ever in 1996.

"His physical prowess, undeniable talent and on-court demeanor may have struck fear in opponents throughout the NBA but he will be remembered best as a mentor, leader and friend," Washington Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard said.

Unseld leaves behind Connie, his of 50 years, daughter Kimberly, son Wes Jr. and his two grandchildren.

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NBA legend Wes Unseld died Tuesday morning at 74, according to a statement. The former Washington Bullets forward helped lead to franchise to its only NBA championship. Unseld has recently battled several health issues, including a recent bout of pneumonia. "He was the rock of...
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