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Wizards hire Unseld Jr. as new coach

Wizards hire Unseld Jr. as new coach

The Washington Wizards hired Wes Unseld Jr. as their new coach on Saturday, recruiting the former Nuggets assistant to lead the franchise his father led to his only NBA title.

Unseld has a good résumé, in addition to his name. He spent six years with the Nuggets, who promoted him to assistant coach Michael Malone last season.

He began his career with Washington as a scout in 1997 before becoming an assistant, a job he held from 2005 to 2011.

“Becoming a head coach in the NBA is the goal that I have pursued my entire adult life,” Unseld admitted. “Realizing that dream by returning to Washington is really special.”

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Unseld spent a year with Golden State and two with Orlando between his stints with Washington and Denver. With the Nuggets, he helped develop Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.

“Wes is one of the most respected assistants in the NBA and clearly distinguished himself from the diverse and large pool of candidates considered,” said Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard.

“Her solid background as a strategist during games, as well as the attention to detail on both sides of the court, as well as her reputation for developing players and her remarkable character in more than 20 years as a coach left no doubt that she is the best. choice to take the team to the next level ”.

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Unseld, a Maryland native of John Hopkins University, replaces Scott Brooks, sacked after reaching the postseason three times in five years.

His name has value in the District of Columbia because of Wes Unseld’s role with the Washington Bullets who won the championship in 1978. Unseld was the MVP of the Finals and his number 41 is displayed atop the arena of Los Angeles. Wizards.

“Tommy was exhaustive in his search and the information, intelligence and recommendations he got from Wes were surpassed by his impressive preparation and planning during the interview process,” said owner Ted Leonsis. “We are excited to bring it in and see those attributes in action with the players and the community.” (AP)

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