Wes Unseld passed away at the age of 74 Tuesday.
The Bullets/Wizards legend and basketball Hall of Famer was surrounded by his family and died peacefully in the hospital, according to a statement released by the Unseld family.
"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 family wrote. "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 and loved playing and working around the game of basketball for the cities of Baltimore and Washington D.C., he proudly wore on his chest for so many years."
Statement from the family of Wes Unseld.— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) June 2, 2020
Rest easy, Wes ♥️ pic.twitter.com/NwEtuofgG9
Unseld spent the entirety of his basketball career with the Bullets/Wizards franchise. He played from 1968-81, made five All-Star games, won the MVP award as a rookie and helped bring Washington its only NBA championship in 1978. He remains the franchise's all-time leader in minutes, games and rebounds and is top five in franchise history in field goals, assists and points.
After his playing career, he coached the Bullets from 1988-94 and then took over as general manager from 1996-2001 and then again from 2001-03.
We also mourn the loss of Wes Unseld today. Rest In Peace to a franchise icon and one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball. You will be missed. Thank you. ❤️ https://t.co/Ai379vrViZ— Zach Leonsis (@ZacharyLeonsis) June 2, 2020