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Abe Pollin

Posted on: November 24, 2009 6:21 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2009 6:21 pm

To those of us who grew up in the D.C. area the name Abe Pollin was as trusted and revered as any in sports.

He was viewed as one of the few owners who looked out for the area's interests as much as his own. He wanted his players to stay out of trouble. He wanted Washingtonians to be proud of his teams and his teams to be proud they were in D.C.

Polin's building of the Verizon Center, constructed in a rough part of Washington, remains highly appreciated by many natives and likely will be for years to come.

Polin wasn't perfect. His hiring of Michael Jordan as general manager of the Washington Wizards was a disaster but Polin cared and he cared deeply all the way until his death.

There aren't many owners who can make the same claim.

Category: NBA
Tags: Wizards

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2009 2:08 pm

Abe Pollin

The only bad thing anybody could say about Abe Pollin was that maybe he was too loyal, he stuck with his guys like Wes Unseld as GM when he couldn't deliver in the job.

But if the only thing you can say bad about somebody is they are too loyal, it shows you how good of a man he was.

He gave back to the community, he built a arena that completely turned around the Chinatown area of Washington DC with his own money and just did a lot for the less fortunate.

He was a good guy.


Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2009 10:52 am

Abe Pollin

As a DC area native, I echo your sentiments.  Sure, his decisions for the team didn't always pan out, but Abe Polin cared about the community and about his staff (coaches, front office and players) more than a lot of other owners do today.

He will be missed.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2009 10:21 pm

Abe Pollin

I have to agree with you. Abe was a character guy.

The Washington area lost a great man, he made a huge impact in this community. Business leaders could learn a lot from him.

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