Wizards to wear jersey patch honoring Abe Pollin

The Washington Wizards will honor late owner Abe Pollin by

wearing a patch on their jerseys for the rest of the season.

The black patch just under the jersey’s right shoulder features

the name “Abe.” Two identical logos also appear on each side of

the court at Verizon Center, the downtown arena built mostly with

Pollin’s money.

The team planned to wear the patch for the first time Thursday

night for the Wizards’ home game against the Boston Celtics.

Washington coach Flip Saunders thinks the team has picked a

fitting way to pay tribute to Pollin.

“I wish we didn’t have to wear it. I wish he was still here to

watch us play,” Saunders said. “We know he’s always going to be

watching us.”

Pollin died Nov. 24 at 85. He bought the Wizards in 1964 and was

the NBA’s longest-tenured owner.