The Wizards will add a fifth jersey to the rafters at Capital One Arena this season, as on Thursday the team announced Phil Chenier's No. 45 uniform will be retired this season.
The ceremony will take place on March 23 when the Wizards host the Denver Nuggets. Chenier, 66, played nine years for the team and then spent 30 years as a broadcaster for Home Team Sports and CSN.
The Wizards had cameras rolling when Chenier heard the news. Bradley Beal was the first to tell him and things got emotional:
That's great stuff.
Chenier's jersey will join the likes of Wes Unseld (No. 41), Elvin Hayes (No. 11), Gus Johnson (No. 25) and Earl Monroe (No. 10).
"I am so proud to have the honor and blessing of my No. 45 hanging with the greats of this franchise," Chenier said in a press release.
"It's a statement to my teammates, coaches and all those who have sacrificed, supported and guided me over the many years that says 'job well done.' I also share it with the fans who have approached me with kind words and fond memories from both my playing days and my broadcasting career. My whole family is so grateful to Ted Leonsis, the MSE ownership group and the entire organization (from staff to players) who have been so kind, thoughtful and reverent towards me."
Leonsis, the Wizards' owner, also included a statement.
"As both a player and a broadcaster, Phil has been a pillar of our Bullets and Wizards family. If you're a fan, Phil has played a role in your connection to this team and this organization. We are thrilled to retire his jersey this season and to express our gratitude for his irreplaceable contributions to our D.C. family."
Chenier made three All-Star teams and was named All-NBA in 1975-75. He was part of the organization's lone championship team in 1978.
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