President Barack Obama on Wednesday mourned the passing of Abe Pollin, the late owner of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Washington Wizards who was also known for his philanthropic efforts.

Pollin passed away on Tuesday afternoon at the age of 85. The late owner was one of the most widely admired residents of the Washington, D.C. area. He first brought professional basketball and hockey to the area in the 1970s and the construction of the Verizon (nee MCI) Center is often credited with revitalizing downtown Washington in the 1990s...

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