Washington Wizards Owner Abe Pollin is dead at the age of 85. While no details have been made public about his death, he had endured years of progressive supranuclear palsy. His wife Iren Pollin, and sons Robert and James survived him. Read more below.
He was a man that had been described as “the last of his kind”.
Abe Pollin was a respected leader in the world of NBA basketball. He established the standard of luxury boxes and big replay screens. He had the grit to fire back against Michael Jordan, and he had a championship ring to call his own… What a remarkable human being.
The tragic news came Tuesday evening before the Wizards took on the Philadelphia 76ers. A moment of silence was held at the game for the man who was renowned for being loyal to his city. In fact, a street located just outside the Verizon Center was named in honor of him.
The National Basketball Associations commissioner David Stern had these kind words to say:
“During his illness he fought with a determination and valor that will remain an inspiration to all.”
His funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St., in Washington, D.C.
As a biography:
He was born on Dec. 3 1923. For his college years he attended The George Washington University, and when he graduated began working construction for his family’s company for over a decade. He is a member of the Levy family. In the early 60s he bought the Baltimore Bullets, and then relocated them to Washington. Later he held a contest for a new team name, and the Bullets became the Wizards. He died on November 24, 2009.
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