NBA Legend Dies at 74

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Former Washington Bullet Legend Wes Unseld Passes Away at 74

The NBA community mourns as one of its legends passed away at 74 on Tuesday.

Former NBA champion with the Washington Bullets Wes Unseld died on Tuesday after “lengthy health battles, most recently with pneumonia.” The Hall of Famer was an undersized big man in his hay day and worked his way into the top-15 on the league’s all-time career rebounds list.

“I never played pretty,” Unseld said when elected to the Hall of Fame in 1988. “I wasn’t flashy. My contributions were in the things most people don’t notice. They weren’t in high scoring or dunking or behind-the-back passes.”

Unseld played out his entire 13-season career with the Washington-based franchise.

“Wes Unseld was one of the most consequential players of his era,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “His competitive drive and selfless approach made him a beloved teammate. … Wes also set the model of class, integrity and professionalism for the entire NBA family during stints as a player, coach and team executive with Washington and through his dedication to expanding educational opportunities for children.”

Funeral arrangements are still pending at this time.

“We all admired Wes as the pillar of this franchise for so long,” Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said, “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.”

A difficult loss for the basketball community.

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