Friday funeral for Wizards owner Pollin

Memorial service set Dec. 8 at Verizon Center

November 26, 2009

WASHINGTON — — The funeral for Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin will be held Friday.

The team said Wednesday that a public memorial service will also be held Dec. 8 at Verizon Center.

Pollin died Tuesday at the age of 85. Team spokesman Matt Williams said Pollin suffered from corticobasal degeneration, a rare brain disease.

President Barack Obama issued a statement paying tribute to Pollin, who bought his NBA franchise in 1964. "Abe believed in Washington, D.C., when many others didn't - putting his own fortune on the line to help revitalize the city he loved," the president's statement said. "He was committed to the teams he guided, generous to those who needed it most, and as loyal to the people of D.C. as they were to him."

- Associated Press

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