November 27, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Abe Pollin is being remembered as a great friend and sports fan.

The funeral for the Washington Wizards owner was held Friday at the Washington Hebrew Congregation. Pollin, the NBA's longest-tenured owner, died Tuesday at 85.

Rabbi Bruce Leustig said Pollin's wide smile let everyone know "he was in love with life" and that his "sense of gratitude reminded him that he was simply blessed."

Pollin gave Washington the Capital Centre, the Verizon Center, the NBA's Wizards, the NHL's Capitals and the WNBA's Mystics. He sold the Capitals and Mystics in recent years to Ted Leonsis.

Leonsis called the service "very heartfelt."

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