NBA legend Wes Unseld, one of the greatest professional basketball players in the United States, died Tuesday morning at the age of 74.
In a statement, the Washington wizards said they mourned the death of the legend who is considered the world's greatest player in the history of the franchise. Unseld led the then Bullets to the NBA Championship in 1978.
After completing his senior season as an All-American Consent in Louisville, Unseld was drafted by Baltimore Bullets with the second overall selection in 1968.
In his first season at Baltimore in 1968-69, Unseld led them to 21 more wins from the previous year and their first appearance in the team's playoffs.
His performance in the first season earned him Rookie of the Year and MVP Honors, making him one of two players in league history to win both awards that season.
"On behalf of Wizards and the entire MSE family, I would like to express our deepest condolences and condolences to the Unseld family, such as Connie's wife, daughter Kimberly, son Wes Jr. both grandchildren and a large number of extended family and friends, "said Ted Leonsis, President & CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, owners of Washington Wizards.
"We've all admired Wes as the backbone of this franchise for so long, but it was his work off the field that will really leave a legacy of impact and live through the many people he has touched and influenced. "Throughout his life in basketball and beyond." Leo said.