Wes Unseld Rumors
Me: You made four Finals in the ‘70s, but you only won the one title in 1978. Your team was clearly good enough to win more. How tough was it to finally break through, even with a good team? Wes Unseld: That part is true. You’ve got to have a good team, and you’ve got to have a lot of luck. The situations have got to be when you go into it, you don’t have injuries. Back then, you couldn’t replace people. You couldn’t go out and find a person — not as good as the person who got hurt, but even somebody who was comparable to be able to help you. You can do that pretty much today up to a certain time period. And then the fact that there was probably more equal opportunities for other teams to be around at that time. So it was difficult, and it was luck. Everything had to play into it.
Me: The 70s was the most democratic era in NBA history — seven teams won titles in those 10 years. But there was no truly dominant team. Do you feel like people remember that era? Wes Unseld: Oh, see, I refuse to get into stuff like that. I had a bunch of guys, my era guys, that got pissed off when they were telling me something about the kid here with the Wizards now, John Wall. That type of stuff doesn’t bother me. I’ve had people tell me ‘somebody else deserved to be there more than you.’ That’s fine. I never put me there. I don’t give into that. I can never get into stuff like that. It just depends on when you play. I see guys now and they’re talking about how they’re scoring 30 points, 40 points. And I say ‘yeah, but you would have done it without any hands, ‘cause I’d have knocked them off.’
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.