Wes Unseld Rumors
Beal says as much now. “We still have to develop as a team and get better, but [I’m confident we’ll get there]. It was Wes Unseld’s first year last year, so that was an adjustment for us as players, getting acclimated to a new system and how he wants us to play. We have about 10 new guys since the start of last year, so essentially we’re playing with a fresh new team.” That being said, he’s realistic about learning curves. The Wizards won’t magically win the NBA Finals overnight. “We’re not going to be undefeated in the first 20 games of the season; it’s still a work in progress, and we still have certain things that need to be developed. But we are developing camaraderie right in the off-season, and hopefully that will take us into the preseason and season itself, so we can get the thing running right.”
Time will tell if Gentry is still the head coach of the Kings by the time he turns 68 on Nov. 5, 2022. Regardless of whether the Shelby, North Carolina, native is with Sacramento or elsewhere, he will always be appreciative of his time in the NBA that began in 1989 as an assistant coach under Larry Brown with the San Antonio Spurs. “Look at how the league in general has grown and what [former NBA commissioner] David Stern did to this league and how he made it so globally,” Gentry said. “I remember taking a trip to Africa [with] me, Wes Unseld and Alex English, and David Stern went. And we went to South Africa. We had dinner with Nelson Mandela. We did things like that that you could only dream of as a kid from Shelby, North Carolina.
Unseld remains the Bullets/Wizards franchise’s all-time leader in games (984) and minutes (35,832) played. His 13,679 rebounds still rank 13th all-time in NBA history. His career defensive win shares (64.11) are 22nd all-time. Teaming with fellow Hall of Famers Elvin Hayes and Bob Dandridge to produce one of the league’s best frontcourts, Unseld was the Bullets’ anchor. He did what was called “dirty work,” but he knew it was vital to his teams’ chances of victory. “The reason, one, that a lot of players don’t like doing it is because you don’t get your name in the papers for doing those things,” Unseld said during his playing days. “There’s no stats for going on the floor for a ball. You get stats for rebounding, but nobody looks at them. You get press for scoring. After 20 years of playing basketball, I don’t need any more press. In fact, I’d rather not have any.”