Wes Unseld Rumors
Chenier will be the fifth player in franchise history to have his number retired, joining Earl Monroe (No. 10), Elvin Hayes (No. 11), Gus Johnson (No. 25), and Wes Unseld (No. 41). Of note, Chenier played with all four of those Bullets legends, making it even more appropriate that he will join them up in the rafters. “It was really kind of a numbing kind of effect,” Chenier said of the way Beal revealed the news to him. “I think I did ask him [Beal] at one point, ‘Are you serious?’” “I almost started crying because I can only imagine how he feels, and how much hard work he put into the game,” Beal said about the experience. “A lot of people don’t understand how much he meant to us as a team.”
SI: Big picture, next to Wes Unseld and maybe a few others, you could be one of the best players this team has ever had. Is that something you’ve considered? Do you want to be here for your entire career? Wall: Totally. I love being here. I love the city. I do so much here, my Dad being from here, it’s easy for family to come see. I’m an East Coast guy. I love the weather. Like people don’t like cold, but that’s how you feel the freshest. So yeah, I look at all those things. Being the assists leader, the steals leader. I want to set records here that people won’t break for a long, long time. But none of that will mean anything if I don’t hang a banner here.
Chris Dempsey: According to the #Nuggets, they have promoted five, many of which The Post has already reported. The full list of promoted coaches: Wes Unseld, Micah Nori and Ryan Bowen. Ognjen Stojakovic has been promoted from assistant video coordinator to player development coach. Tommy Massimino Jr. was a video intern last season. He is now the assistant video coordinator. This completes a summer of #Nuggets staff shuffling. John Beckett, btw, continues his role in player development, where he’s excelled.
Me: Did you ever speak with the guys who decided not to play in ’68 and supported Harry Edwards’ boycott, like Kareem and Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes? Spencer Haywood: I talked to them, but they don’t see it like that. They don’t even like to even discuss it. Kareem says, well, even back then, he said, ‘I was just going to help some kids up in Harlem. I didn’t really boycott.’ And I take him at his word. I said ‘Okay, big dog.’ But I know it’s a boycott. So history, you know, history has its way of weaving through. And I also thanked them, too. Because if they had came to the ’68 Olympics, they would never have looked at a freshman to try out and be a member of the Olympic team. As Elvis would say, thank you, thank you very much.
Orlando will consider his possible hiring during the All-Star break next week, or could possibly wait until season’s end and do an extended search. Nevertheless, the firing of three assistant coaches Thursday – Wes Unseld Jr., Brett Gunning and Zack Guthrie – as reported by the Orlando Sentinel, suggests a new head coach could come sooner than later.