Wes Unseld, rookie of the year and NBA MVP, dies in 1969



The former American NBA player Westley 'Wes' Unseld died this Tuesday at the age of 74, as confirmed by a brief statement released by his family at first time this morning as a result of pneumonia.

“We are saddened to share that our beloved husband, father and grandfather Wes Unseld passed away surrounded by his family after fighting for his health, recently from pneumonia. He was the pillar of our family, a patriarch who delighted only to be with his wife, children, friends and teammates. He was our hero and he loved to play and work basketball in cities like Baltimore and Washington. Cities that he wore with pride for so many years, "said his family.

Unseld, who played his 13 years as a professional on the same team, the Bullets managed to be elected 'Rookie of the Year' and Most Valuable Player (MVP) the same season something that had only succeeded to date Wilt Chamberlain .

That 1969 served to catapult his career and become a true reference. The former player born in Louisville retired in 1981, entered the Hall of Fame in 1988 and had a unique experience as a coach, precisely at the head of the Bullets already based in Washington , where he remained for seven seasons.

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