By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Legendary NBA player Wes Unseld has passed away. He was 74.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. While it’s not clear what he passed away from, he had been battling health problems in recent years.
“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. “He was the rock of our family – an extremely devoted patriarch, who reveled in being with his wife, children, friends, and teammates. He was our hero ad loved playing and working around the game of basketball for the cities of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. – cities he proudly wore on his chest for so many years.”
Unseld was the second overall pick in the 1968 NBA Draft. He played his entire career with the team that is now known as the Washington Wizards.
When he was drafted, the team was known as the Baltimore Bullets. Then, in 1973-74, they were known as the Capital Bullets, before becoming the Washington Bullets in 1974-75.
He played from the 1968-69 season through the 1980-81 season. In his career, he was a five-time NBA All-Star.
Unseld also was the 1968-69 MVP and the 1968-69 Rookie of the Year. He also was a member of the Bullets team that won the Championship during the 1977-78 season.
He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988.
Following his playing career, he also served as a coach for the Bullets from 1988 through 1994.
“His legacy lives on in the family he treasured – his daughter Kim, son Wes, daughter-in-law Evelyn, grandchildren Layla and Wes, and the love of his life for 50 years, his wife Connie – and in the community through The Unseld’s School, where the entire family contributed to enriching the lives of Baltimore’s youth,” the family added. “We would like to thank everyone, who knew or loved him, personally or professionally, for their support during this loss. We will share information in the near future about how we will celebrate Wes’ incredible life. At this time, the family would appreciate privacy as they navigate this difficult loss.”
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