Bob Ferry, the General Manager of the Washington Bullets from 1973-1990 died on Wednesday, as first reported by Brian Windhorst of ESPN. During his tenure as the front office leader, he led Washington three NBA Finals appearances and the NBA championship in 1978. He also won two NBA Executive of the Year awards in 1979 and 1982. Ferry is regarded as one of the best front office executives in the NBA given that the Bullets were one of the NBA’s most consistent teams, especially during the first decade of his tenure.
Before his front office career began, he played 10 NBA seasons from 1959-69, including the St. Louis (now Atlanta) Hawks, Detroit Pistons and the then-Baltimore Bullets.
Ferry had several children, most notably Danny, a local high school basketball star for DeMatha in Hyattsville, Md. He went on to have an All-American career at Duke and a 13-year career in the NBA before becoming a GM for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks.
Rest in Peace Bob.