"I'm terribly sad to hear of his passing," said Ron Newman, Wizards manager from 1996 through 1999.
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"I wouldn't like to be on the wrong side of him if I was playing against him," he said. "He took no prisoners. But he was fair in everything he did; fair play and good guy. If he knocked you over, he'd pick you up and dust you down."