Sport Wizards reveal bust of Wes Unseld before home opener
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Our panel of 15 voters had all the familar names on their list -- Jordan, LeBron, Magic, Kareem -- but also names that may need an explanation.Of course, players like Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Oscar Robertson, Kobe Bryant, Kawhi Leonard, George Mikan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be on any list of the Top 75 great players. The trick is where they appear on any given list.
The Washington Wizards will host their home opener today against the Indiana Pacers. If you are going to the game tonight, go to section 111 and you will see a new shrine in honor of the late Wes Unseld, the GOAT in Wizards franchise history. During his player career, Unseld won an MVP and Rookie of the Year award in the same season (1968-69), five All-Star Game appearances and a championship in 1978 with Washington. Unseld would later become the then-Bullets’ head coach and General Manager.
Yesterday, the team released Unseld’s bust in a ceremony by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Founder, Chairman and CEO Ted Leonsis along with Unseld’s wife, Connie, daughter, Kim, and son Wes Unseld, Jr., the Wizards’ current head coach.
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The bust is made of bronze and weighs about 90 pounds, designed by J. Brent Gill.
Congratulations to Unseld’s family for getting an opportunity to see this honor. Check out the bust next time you see a Wizards or Capitals game this winter!
Former Washington Bullets center, longtime general manager Bob Ferry dies at 84 .
Longtime Washington Bullets general manager and center Bob Ferry, who led the organization to its only title, died on Wednesday, the team announced. Ferry played five seasons with the organization and spent 17 years as its general manager, winning NBA Executive of the Year twice and a championship in 1978. Ferry played for the Bullets for five seasons at the end of his career when they were still in Baltimore, and then took over as the general manager in 1973 when they moved to Washington. Ferry spent 17 years as the team’s general manager and won the NBA Finals in 1978.