By Michael Bennett
The Wiz rolled out the Wes Unseld Jr. Era yesterday, and GM Tommy Sheppard was effusive:
“In the NBA, players talk to players and they were the best advocates of Wes Jr.,” Sheppard said at the introductory press conference.
“A lot of our players heard from other players that played for Wes, either in Denver or other places that he’d been. So they were very aware of what they were getting as a head coach before [Unseld Jr.] had a chance to reach out and move forward and make those connections with players.”
Unseld had been a 16-year assistant in Washington, Golden State, Orlando and, most recently, Denver.
“When you look at his career, not just the time he was in D.C., but he worked with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson when they were young, with [Nikola] Vucevic, Tobias Harris, [Victor] Oladipo when he was in Orlando,” Sheppard said. “And certainly, you look at the MVP season that [Nikola] Jokic had, and Jokic was begging him not to leave Denver.”