Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin dies at 85

November 26th, 2009 - 12:53 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Abe Pollin Washington, Nov 25 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Abe Pollin who is Washington Wizards owner has died, aged at 85. He is the person responsible for introducing luxury boxes and the huge replay screen to all the big-time professional sports, without which today we cannot do.

Details regarding his death were not shared with the media. However it is known that, he suffered from progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare brain disorder that impairs movement and balance. The death may have been due to this disease, as he was suffering from it since many years.

“I just lost a real, real good friend,” said Unseld, star of the 1978 title team who later became the team’s coach and then general manager. “And I think it’s more than any of you will understand or I could even explain. It’s just going to be a big void in sports in this community.”

As a mark of respect, a moment of silence was held before Tuesday’s game, as everybody learned of Abe Pollin’s death late in the afternoon.

“The NBA family has lost its most revered member, whose stewardship of the Wizards franchise, together with his wife Irene, has been a study in unparalleled dedication to the city of Washington,” NBA commissioner David Stern said. “During his illness he fought with a determination and valor that will remain an inspiration to all.”

After Pollin’s untimely demise, Ted Leonsis is likely to take over his sports empire.

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