Cheap Bradley Beal Jersey didn’t have too many conversations with the late Cheap Wes Unseld Jersey, widely regarded as Washington’s most heralded player in team history. There was one conversation that really stuck with Beal, though.
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The Wizards, with Beal’s help, made sure to celebrate Unseld’s life at the first chance they got back in their home building, Capital One Arena, ahead of their second game of the season against the Magic. Beal shared his sentiments on the former MVP, who died June 2, in a prerecorded tribute video the Wizards played before the tip-off of their home opener on Saturday.
“I wish we had more time with him. I briefly had conversations with him,” Beal said in the video. “I remember one time specifically he told me to be a mf’er. Go be a dog. So, I’ll always remember that. That will always resonate with me.”
That’s certainly the type of advice that’ll resonate, especially coming from another dog like Unseld.
“The greatest to ever put on a Bullets uniform,” Beal said. “That 41 is up in the rafters for a reason. He brought a championship here to D.C., and everything he represents and stands for, he was a true pioneer in the game of basketball and for his city.”
Unseld brought Washington the franchise’s only title back in 1978 as the Bullets. Before that, Unseld joined Wilt Chamberlain as the league’s only rookies to ever earn MVP honors. He also spent his entire 26-year professional career with the franchise, moving into an executive role before later becoming the team’s coach and then general manager after his playing days.
“For him to be as dominant as he was, to be an unselfish player, dominate on the boards, being able to battle down low, and for him to be the leader he was on that team, it speaks volumes,” Beal said. “And for him to be around after he played, be around the city, he would be around us sometimes. His son is still a part of the game, it’s really cool to see.”
Unseld’s bruising style of play down low turned him into the rebounding leader in 1975, and he finished with an impressive stat line of 14.0 rpg, 10.8 ppg, and 3.9 apg. The five-time all-star will always be fondly remembered in the D.C. sports community for what he did on and off the court.
“He’s a legend, he is the legend of D.C. So thank you for all you’ve done, for your remarkable career,” Beal said. “We truly miss you. Thank you, 41.”
The Wizards drafted McGee with the 18th pick in the in the 2008 Draft. McGee caught Washington’s eye for a couple of reasons – his shot blocking ability and the potential to be a great rim finisher with his long frame.
McGee was thrusted into the rotation immediately as he played in 75 games his rookie year. Though it was clear that McGee had potential, he was still very raw and too lanky to hold position against other post players. Even though McGee was a good shot blocker, his timing was often off and he regularly saw goaltending calls against him.
In the 2010-11 season, McGee averaged 10.1 points per game as the starting center – with most of those points coming on dunks or shots around the rim.
His downfall in Washington began earlier in the 2009-10 season because he got caught up in the circus-like atmosphere that shaped the end of the Arenas era, including the “finger guns” moment before a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. In the next season, he got into a fight with Cheap Andray Blatche Jersey outside of a D.C. nightclub.
The highlight of McGee’s time in Washington was probably in 2011 when he was in the Dunk Contest. McGee had a couple of very nice dunks including one where he dunked three basketballs but ultimately ended up losing to Blake Griffin.
McGee was traded to the Denver Nuggets during the 2011-12 season as the Wizards were looking reset the culture. After bouncing around to a few teams, McGee found his footing with the Golden State Warriors, where he played from 2016-18. There, he focused on making the right play instead of the spectacular play and carved out a nice role for himself. He won championships in each of his two seasons there.
Today, McGee plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he continues to play with that mindset and is still putting up solid numbers.
This begs the question: How good could McGee have been in Washington if he was more mature early on and didn’t get caught up in all of the hoopla?