by Lang Whitaker

Longtime Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin died today after a long battle with a rare brain disease. According to the Washington Post:

“Pollin was among the last of the old-school pro sports owners who ran his teams as a family business, shaped by his strong personality and his intense loyalties. His teams lost more than they won, and fans often criticized his personnel moves and his failure to spend more money, but Pollin invariably remained set in his ways.”

Pollin was 85 years old.