The Philadelphia 76ers have today confirmed the tragic news that Moses Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and title winner with the franchise back in 1983, has died. He was 60-years-old.
Malone had a hugely decorated career in the league between 1976-1995 and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, having been inducted back in 2001.
Speaking in their official statement, the 76ers did not reveal the NBA legend's cause of death.
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The official statement released by the 76ers reads as follows:
"The Chairman of the Boards", as Malone was affectionately known, left his mark not only on Philly but the NBA as a whole. With 12 All-Star honors, three-MVP awards and a six-time rebound leader, there is no doubting that he truly was one of the greatest to play the game.
With his tragic passing today, the tributes have poured in from all sections of the basketball community; from those who played with him, to stars who donned the hardwoods following his retirement. Not to mention others teams for whom Malone became a star.
The Houston Rockets, who's number 24 jersey is retired in Moses Malone's honor, took to social media to pay their respects:
Fellow Sixers legend Allen Iverson passed on his condolences:
In a career that spanned two decades, Malone averaged 20.6 points 12.2 rebounds per game, and he ranks in the top 10 of all-time in both categories' all-time lists.
A true legend, and one that will be sorely missed moving forward.
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