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Wizards will retire Bullets legend Phil Chenier's No. 45 jersey

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Wizards will retire Bullets legend Phil Chenier's No. 45 jersey

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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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team to deal with health issues

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team to deal with health issues

An undiagnosed illness has convinced Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue to step away from the team indefinitely, the team announced on Monday. Assistant coach Larry Drew will take over in the interim.

Lue, 40, is hoping to address his health issues in time to return before the year is out. According to a statement on the team's website, he has been under the weather for quite some time.


Here is what Lue said on the matter in a press release:

I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.

While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the Championship we are all working towards.

That is scary stuff and certainly much bigger than basketball. But the surprising news happens to come at a crucial time in the Cavs' season. They are currently third in the Eastern Conference with only 13 games remaining before the playoffs.


The Cavs are just a half-game ahead of both the Wizards and Pacers in the standings. They will also have to reincorporate All-Star Kevin Love, likely sometime this week. 

That is a lot for Drew to deal with while Lue recovers and it adds another wrinkle to a Cavs' season that has been characterized by change.


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