NBA players past and present pay their respects to Muhammad Ali

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The sporting world is in mourning after the sad news that the greatest boxer of all-time, Muhammad Ali, has passed away.

The 74-year-old, who remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion, and ended his career with a record of 61 fights, 56 wins - 37 by knockout - and five losses, died in a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

The man dubbed 'The Greatest' was admitted to hospital with a respiratory issue, a complication of Parkinson's disease - an illness he had suffered with for 32 years.

Ali was a man who transcended the world of sport, his attitude and charisma struck a chord with millions of people and he inspired those in all walks of life, including that of basketball.

Upon hearing the sad news, a number of past and present NBA stars took to social media to pay their respects to the man who was crowned 'Sportsman of the Century' by Sports Illustrated.

Never has a sporting superstar captured the imaginations of so many people. His incredible skill and ability within the ring were only matched by his class and demeanor in all walks of life.

The adversity Ali had to overcome in his life and the manners with which he did it speaks volumes of the man. He was quite literally the greatest sportsman ever to walk this planet and his legacy will continue to live on.

Tributes continue to pour in as the world reacts to the news. It is a sad day for all. Rest In Peace Muhammad Ali.

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