National Basketball Association legend Wes Unseld passes away at 74

NBA Hall of Famer and Washington Wizards legend Wes Unseld dies

He resigned following the 1994 season, finishing with a 202-345 coaching record, and became the team's general manager in 1996.

Unseld, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988, played center for the Baltimore/Washington Bullets from 1968-1981.

"It is with profound sadness that we share that our adored husband, father and grandfather Wes Unseld passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by family following lengthy health battles, most recently with pneumonia." the Unseld family said in a statement through the Wizards. The former No. 2 overall pick was also a five-time All-Star and the MVP of the league in 1969.

Unseld made five All-Star appearances throughout his 13-year National Basketball Association tenure, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounding during the 1974-75 campaign when he logged 14.8 boards a night. The following year, the burly 6-7 Unseld brought Seneca a second straight state crown by scoring 105 points and grabbing 88 boards in four state tournament games, the latter of which is still a state tourney record.

Listed at six-foot-seven and 245 pounds, Unseld overcame taller players and bad knees with a strong work ethic and lots of grunt work in the paint.

Lifetime, he averaged 10.8 points and 14 rebounds a game while taking the Bullets to the playoffs in 12 of his 13 years.

Unseld remained with the franchise after his playing career. A year later, he upped his scoring average to 16.2 points per game and still averaged 16.7 rebounds per game while increasing his shooting percentage to almost 52 percent. Wes, you will be missed by the National Basketball Association family and all people who's lives you touched. "Wes is the epitome of a great teammate, team leader and friend".

He served as Washington's coach for six-plus years and stepped down after the 1993-94 season. "Know we all had great love for both you and your family always, my friend".

Unseld took a leave of absence from the Wizards for undisclosed health reasons in 2003, ending 35 years of continuous service to the franchise.

"On behalf of the Wizards organization and the entire MSE Family, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Unseld family, including his wife Connie, daughter Kimberly, son Wes Jr. and his two grandchildren as well as his large number of extended family and friends", Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said in a statement.



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