NBA Corridor-of-Famer Wes Unseld, one in every of solely two gamers to win MVP honours in his rookie season, died Tuesday, his household mentioned. He was 74. Unseld, chosen by the Baltimore Bullets with the second decide within the 1968 draft, had been coping with long-running well being points together with a latest bout of pneumonia. “He was the rock of our household — an especially devoted patriarch who reveled in being along with his spouse, kids, mates and teammates,” the household mentioned in a press release.
“He was our hero and cherished enjoying and dealing across the recreation of basketball for the cities of Baltimore and Washington D.C., cities he proudly wore on his chest for thus a few years.”
Unseld spent the whole lot of his profession with the Bullets, who later moved to Washington and have been subsequently renamed the Wizards.
He led the franchise to its solely NBA title in 1978, selecting up the Finals MVP award within the course of.
His dazzling debut season in 1969 earned him the season MVP honours, solely the second rookie after Wilt Chamberlain to attain the feat.
Unseld would later coach the Bullets from 1988 to 1994, main the group to a solitary playoff look.
Former team-mates on Tuesday paid tribute to Unseld, with Phil Chenier remembering a “light big”.
“His scowl might be intimidating, however actually he was a form, considerate and protecting comrade,” Chenier instructed ESPN. “Wes is the epitome of a fantastic teammate, group chief and buddy.”
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