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Here is to the Wizards. They made the playoffs. Do you realize they have had the aggregate worst record in the NBA since 2000. They probably had one of the worst records between around 1980 and 2000. They have been a disappointing team. ....and I've followed them virtually all of that time. I started watching them way back....in Baltimore...When Wes Unseld turned them into a fearsome team and Earl Monroe was a one of a kind unstoppable offensive whirlwind. They had other great players back then including the incredibly powerful Gus Johnson. And then the team got BETTER. They won a championship in the late 1970's had an excellent team....and a couple of dismal decades.... So it is good to see this team with some young stars plus some wise stable veterans finally make the playoffs. The Washington Post has an astonishing statistical look at the Wizards season thanks to 6 cameras attached to the tops of arenas catching every moment of every game. Here is an astonishing little detail one might never know: John Wall basically controls the ball more than any other player on any other team. Lots of other little nuggets in the story. In any case good luck Wizards in the Playoffs. You would have made Abe Pollin proud. --- [The following posts have been split into separate threads: Wes Unseld (DonRocks)]
Wes Unseld was perhaps the best outlet passer in the history of the game. And, from what I remember, he was regarded as "the man in the NBA people would least want to get into a fight with." At 6'7", he was the shortest center in the NBA, and wore a permanent scowl on his face. He'd often jaw at the officials while running down the court, but I don't really remember him losing his temper or getting into a fight (who on earth would fight him?) - I also can't remember ever seeing him smile. In the 1968-1969 season, he not only won the Rookie Of The Year award, but also the award for League MVP - the only other player in history to do this was Wilt Chamberlain. Looking back, it's hard to believe Unseld was ever MVP, but that's because his playing style was so unglamorous, and he did all the dirty work that had to be done, but that flashy players so rarely do - Unseld was the antithesis of flashy: He was as blue collar as they come. Unseld attended the University of Louisville from 1965-1968, earning All-American honors in 1967-1968. Remarkably, in 1965, he averaged 35.8 points and 23.6 rebounds for Louisville's freshman team (Unseld is not someone you think of as a scorer), and played for Seneca High School in Louisville, leading them to the Kentucky State Championships in 1963 and 1964.