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Top 5 moments from Wes Unseld's career

Top 5 moments from Wes Unseld's career

Washington D.C. and the basketball community as a whole lost a legend Tuesday with the passing of Wes Unseld. Unseld died peacefully around family members after ongoing battles with his health. He was 74 years old. 

Unseld truly left his mark on the Bullets/Wizards franchise, contributing as a player, coach, and executive for over 25 years collectively. So as we celebrate the life of a basketball icon, let's take a look back at the best moments of his Hall of Fame career. 

Winning Rookie of the Year and MVP

It's safe to say Unseld exploded onto the scene as a rookie in the 1968-69 season. After he was selected by the Baltimore Bullets with the second overall pick in the 1968 NBA Draft, Unseld averaged 13.8 points and 18.2 rebounds in his first professional campaign.

He turned the Bullets from a 36-win team into a 57-win team, earning him Rookie of the Year honors AND the MVP award. The only other player to win both awards in the same season is Wilt Chamberlain.  

The 1968-69 season didn't end how Unseld would've wanted, in a first-round sweep to the Knicks, but it's hard to look negatively on one of the best rookie years in NBA history. 

Game 3 vs. Knicks in 1970 playoffs

Down 2-0 to the Knicks for the second straight year in the playoffs, Unseld responded in Game 3 with one of the best games of his career.

Over 41 minutes of playing time, Unseld scored 23 points, dished out four assists and grabbed an astounding 34 rebounds. I repeat, 34 rebounds! Let's also not forget Unseld played center at 6'7", which was way less common back then than it is today.

The Bullets won Game 3 127-113 and ended up tying the series with a win in Game 4. However, the Knicks edged out Baltimore yet again, winning the series in seven games. 

1978 NBA championship

After coming up just short in the Finals in 1971 and 1975, Unseld finally got Washington over the hump by defeating the Sonics in Game 7 of the 1978 Finals, delivering the franchise its first and only championship to date. 

Unseld played 45 minutes and turned in 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead Washington to a 105-99 win. Unseld was known for his rebounding, but his passing skills are consistently underrated. Before John Wall came to town, Unseld was the franchise's all-time leader in assists. 

After Game 7, Unseld was named Finals MVP and joined a select group to have won Rookie of the Year, MVP and Finals MVP, one that includes Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kevin Durant.

Hall of Fame induction

In 1988, Unseld was rightfully enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He retired with five All-Star selections, a Rookie of the Year award, one MVP, an NBA championship and Finals MVP award. 

Unseld entered the Hall of Fame headlining a class including Ralph Miller, Bob McDermott and Clyde Lovellette.

50 Greatest Players

Ahead of the NBA's 50th anniversary in 1996, the league decided to name an all-time team consisting of the game's 50 greatest players. The players were selected through a vote by a panel of media members, former players and coaches, and current and former general managers. 

Unseld was named to the team as one of 15 centers who made the cut. Elvin Hayes and Dave Bing were among former Bullets players to also be named to the distinguished group of basketball legends. 

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Here's what the first 24 hours have been like in the Orlando bubble for the Wizards

Here's what the first 24 hours have been like in the Orlando bubble for the Wizards

July 7 at 8:15 p.m. marked the moment when the Washington Wizards stepped foot off their team plane in Orlando to enter into the Walt Disney World bubble -- the home of the NBA's 2019-20 season restart. 

For at least the next 35 days, this is where the Wizards team, minus a few, will call home.

With the help of social media as well as the terrific daily "Wizney World Blog," put together by Wizards Sr. Manager of Digital Content, Zach Rosen, fans across the globe get to get a sneak peek at just what life is like inside of the bubble. 

So what have the first 24 hours of quartine looked like for Washington? Let's dive in.

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Wednesday marked a full day of quartine when the guys had opportunities to spend it just about however they pleased, as long as they logged in for their Zoom meetings and workout sessions. 

Not certain of the intensity level of the workouts, but the boys look properly exhausted.  

The food accommodations have been the main topic of conversation throughout the NBA community, and rightly so. However, Ish Smtih gave fans his own Master Chef review of dinner and seemed to be fairly content with the execution.  

"Don't take this the wrong way but you can't really mess up salad," Smith said. "Now y'all get out of here so I can play Madden."

Here's the full day's menu, courtesy of the Wizney World Blog.

Breakfast menu
• Assorted breakfast breads with pastries, butter, and jellies
• Seasonal fruit with fresh berries
• Southern-style grits with a side of cheddar cheese, butter, and chives
• Cage-free vegetable egg white frittata with a side of tomato compote
• French toast sticks with maple syrup
• Shredded hash brown patties
• Chicken sausage
• Fresh baked bread and butter

Lunch menu
• Mixed green salad with assorted toppings
• Grilled and chilled vegetable salad
• Pita chips and hummus
• Oven-roasted turkey breast, swiss cheese, lettuce, & tomato on an avocado wrap
• Fettucine with chicken and vegetables
• Hamburger with baked sweet potato fries
• Seasonal fresh cut fruit
• Carrot cake

Dinner menu
• Fresh garden greens, arugula, watermelon, pickled red onions, goat cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette
• Kale Caesar salad
• Roasted summer vegetables
• Italian grilled chicken with natural jus
• Grilled salmon and rice
• Spaghetti and meatballs
• Fresh baked bread
• Seasonal fresh berries
• Chocolate cake

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Video games seem to be the most common way Wizards players are getting through the first day of quarantine. 

Forward Admiral Schofield had trouble setting up his gaming system because he left his HDMI cord back home. Luckily, he was able to get his hands on it in no time. 

Forward Troy Brown Jr. has also been playing a lot of Call of Duty Warzone but is looking to start an official Orlando Bubble Vlog, so keep an eye out for that in the coming days. 

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Brooklyn Nets add veterans Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley ahead of NBA restart

Brooklyn Nets add veterans Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley ahead of NBA restart

In need of some depth ahead of the NBA restart in Orlando, the Brooklyn Nets have reached an agreement with guard Jamal Crawford and are in the process of striking a deal with forward Michael Beasley, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported.

The signings come at a time in which the Nets are desperate for help as the team tries to hold its playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn will be without Taurean Prince, DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie as all three have tested positive for coronavirus. Additionally, Wilson Chandler has opted to not participate in the resumption of the season, citing that he is more concerned with the health and well-being of his family.

In addition to those four key pieces, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are still on the sidelines as they recover from injuries. Heading into the restart, Brooklyn's roster is depleted.

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Needing all the help they can get, Crawford and Beasley will immediately become a part of the Nets rotation. Crawford has 19 years of experience in the NBA, most recently averaging 7.9 points per game with the Phoenix Suns during the 2018-19 season. Beasley also last appeared during the 2018-19 campaign, playing in 26 games for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Nets currently hold the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference and are six games ahead of the Wizards. The lack of star-power available for Brooklyn can only help Washington as it looks to try and sneak into the postseason field.

However, the Wizards will face their own challenges in Orlando. With Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans deciding to not participate in the restart, the Wizards will be without a large portion of their scoring for their eight guaranteed games. 

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