NBA Corridor-of-Famer Wes Unseld, considered one of solely two gamers to win MVP honours in his rookie season, died Tuesday, his household stated. He was 74. Unseld, chosen by the Baltimore Bullets with the second choose within the 1968 draft, had been coping with long-running well being points together with a current bout of pneumonia. “He was the rock of our household — a particularly devoted patriarch who reveled in being along with his spouse, youngsters, mates and teammates,” the household stated in an announcement.
“He was our hero and beloved taking part in and dealing across the sport of basketball for the cities of Baltimore and Washington D.C., cities he proudly wore on his chest for therefore a few years.”
Unseld spent everything of his profession with the Bullets, who later moved to Washington and had been subsequently renamed the Wizards.
He led the franchise to its solely NBA title in 1978, choosing 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 realize the feat.
Unseld would later coach the Bullets from 1988 to 1994, main the staff to a solitary playoff look.
Former team-mates on Tuesday paid tribute to Unseld, with Phil Chenier remembering a “mild big”.
“His scowl might be intimidating, however actually he was a form, considerate and protecting comrade,” Chenier informed ESPN. “Wes is the epitome of an ideal teammate, staff chief and buddy.”
In 1984 NBAgames, Unseld averaged a double-double in factors and rebounds. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Famein 1988.
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