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.