Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 at 4:32 pm  |  20 responses

Wizards owner Abe Pollin dies, 85

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.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    RIP. Les Boulez forever.

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    RIP fighter

  • Hussman25

    RIP Mr. Polin; im not from DC, but I have a profound respect for their city and sports teams… to me Mr Polin was the best Owner of all the sports teams in that city (even with the questionable contracts dished out to his players). Especially after he changed the name of the Bullets to the Wizards… That took guts!

  • JD

    RIP Abe

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    I never knew he was so old. But then again, all I really knew was the name. RIP.

  • Jo-Jo Baby

    R.I.P. Abe, thanks for giving MJ some ownership and stuff.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I’m in DC now, spending time with the fam, and you’d think a head of state just passed. RIP, Mr. DC.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Thank God you changed the pic, this one is alot better. R.I.P.

  • Dr. West

    I hope this will cause the Wizards to bond together since their Dad just passed away.

    RIP Abe, you’ve never been a great owner but a respectable human being nonetheless

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  • OneSun

    SLAM apparently pre-empted this tradgedy with their post yesterday ‘Somehow, things about to worsen in DC’.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    RIP Abe.

  • piedie

    rest in peace…

  • nastierthanu

    Man dc is a dangerous place to ball. I wouldn’t mind having a brick n the ymca with my name on it. To leave a legacy like a franchise is a impressive. RIP

  • LebronGOAT

    R.I.P Abe.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    RIP to Mr. Pollin. Bill Davidson and him in the same year, that’s almost too much.

  • http://myspace.com/2grownup2beshownup Jack

    R.I.P. Mr. Pollin.

  • rav

    from what i know he built the arena out of his own money instead of running to the local governments and threatening to move if they dont cater to them like many other owners – for that he deserves all of our respects. RIP

  • Trout

    I hope this serves as a wake up call to all those ball players who take their positon for granted. Not sharing the ball, lack of defense … who cares!Recognize here are more important things in life to really get upset about. The world is poorer for the loss of this good man there are only a few left RIP Abe.

  • Danny W UK

    RIP Abe, he did it his way. David Aldridge wrote a great piece on nba.com. http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/david_aldridge/11/24/pollin.obit/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1