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Wizards news: Washington retiring Phil Chenier’s Bullets jersey No. 45

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Longtime Washington Wizards (formerly the Bullets) player and broadcaster Phil Chenier will receive the highest honor of his career, with his jersey set to be retired by the team.

During a recent interview with Bradley Beal, the 66-year-old was surprised with the announcement, and said that it was an honor to be considered one of the organization’s best players ever. Chenier even came close to shedding a few tears and had to ask him if he was serious about it, as he did not expect it at all, His jersey will be raised in the rafters beside the other legends of the team, Wes Unseld, Earl Monroe, Elvin Hayes and Gus Johnson, all of whom he played with.

Following his impressive stint with California during his college days, Chenier was selected fourth overall in the 1971 draft. He went on to play 10 seasons in the NBA, six of those with the Washington franchise, where he won a championship in 1978, and was named an All-Star three times. He now serves as the team’s broadcaster, and has been on the job for more than three decades.

A date for the jersey retirement ceremony has not been set yet, but the Wizards are expected to have it this season. It will definitely be a historic night for the franchise, and will cap off what has been a stellar playing career for Chenier.