Hall of Fame and Bullet Hall legend Wes Unseld at the age of 74
Former Washington Bullet Center and coach Wes Unseld died on Tuesday morning at the age of 74.
Unseld’s family said in a statement that he had long-term health problems and had pneumonia last time.
The family said: “He is the strong backing of the whole family-a very dedicated patriarch, he likes to be with his wife, children, friends and teammates.”
“He is our hero and loves to play basketball and work in basketball games for the cities of Baltimore and Washington, DC, which he proudly wears on his chest for many years.”
Statement from the Wes Unseld family.
Take it easy, Wes♥️ pic.twitter.com/NwEtuofgG9
-Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) June 2, 2020
Unseld played for the Bullets from 1968 to 1981, where he spent the first five seasons in Baltimore, and the next eight seasons came to Washington, DC.
He was a member of the team in 1978. After defeating the Seattle SuperSonics in seven games, he won the Bullets’ only NBA championship and won the finals MVP honor.
Unseld has been selected to the All-Star Game five times, won the MVP title in 1969, and is the only player other than Wilt Chamberlain who won the MVP and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season.
Adam Silver said: “Wes Unseld is one of the most important figures of his time.”
Silver said: “While working with Washington players, coaches and team executives, Weiss also set a model, integrity and professional role model for the entire NBA family and is committed to expanding children’s educational opportunities.”
Wes Unseld is a warrior! He is the shortest starting center in the NBA and the toughest. Basically, when he prevents you from entering the game, he will put you in the third row! Out of full respect for Darrell G, Wes will always be the biggest U of L Cardinal. pic.twitter.com/RORaa9bKRP
-Dan Issel (@ DanIssel44) June 2, 2020
“Weiss is really a gentle giant,” said Phil Chenier, who played nine seasons at Unseld.
“His anger may be intimidating, but in fact he is a kind, considerate and protective comrade. Wes is a great teammate, the epitome of the team leader and friends.”
The current Wizards star Bradley Beal (Bradley Beal) on Twitter to pay tribute to the franchise legend.
We have not RIP! 😢
Bullet legends forever.
-Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) June 2, 2020
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (middle Wesley) also paid tribute to him.
Love’s middle name is a tribute to Unseld, and his father Stan played ball with him.
Unseld is 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 245 pounds. Despite his short stature and poor handling of knees, he is still known for training opponents.
Unseld is known for his excellent rebounds and passing. Players with a 6-foot-8 or shorter have the most rebounds, and his career rebounds are 13,769.
In Louisville, Anseld was selected to the United States twice, averaging 20.6 points and 18.9 rebounds per game.
These numbers are enough to make him ranked first in the draft, second only to the first choice and the Bullets’ future teammate Elvin Hayes.
Hayes said: “I lost a great friend and teammate this morning and they returned to Christ.”
“Know, my friend, all of us have always been full of love for you and your family.”
As an NBA center, Unseld averaged 10.8 points and 14 rebounds in his career, and his 41st place became the team’s first retired player.
After playing, Wes Unseld remained on the team, first working in the front desk, and then coaching the team for nearly seven seasons from 1987 to 1994, with a record of 202-345 and one season. The playoffs ended.
Subsequently, he served as general manager for seven years from 1996 to 2003, and then the team entered the playoffs.
Others in the basketball community pay tribute to Unseld, including ESPN University basketball analyst Jay Bilas.
Run to the Russ Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, who is 74 years old. He is a legend in Louisville and the NBA, and is the greatest rebounder and passer of all time. Tough personality. pic.twitter.com/nyusmRPXs4
-Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) June 2, 2020