NBA Legend, Former Hawk Moses Malone Dies at 60

| September 13, 2015

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HOUSTON — Moses Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and one of the greatest players in professional basketball history, has died at 60, according to multiple reports.

Malone died in his sleep at a hotel in Virginia where he was set to play in a golf tournament, former teammate Calvin Murphy told Fox 26 in Houston.

Malone went straight to the ABA from high school in 1974 and starred in the startup league before becoming a legend when the ABA and NBA merged. He became a monster on the boards in Houston, leading the league with 17.6 rebounds per game in 1979 as he won his first MVP award. The team confirmed the loss of the Rocket legend on Twitter.

But Malone’s greatest achievement might have come in helping lead the 76ers to the 1983 NBA title during a season in which he won his second consecutive league MVP honor and third overall as the team went 12-1 in the playoffs.

The 76ers released a statement shortly after news of Malone’s death broke.

“It is with a deep sense of sadness that the Sixers family mourns the sudden loss of Moses Malone. It is difficult to express what his contributions to this organization – both as a friend and player – have meant to us, the city of Philadelphia and his faithful fans. Moses holds a special place in our hearts and will forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most storied era in the history of Philadelphia 76ers basketball. No one person has ever conveyed more with so few words — including three of the most iconic in this city’s history. His generosity, towering personality and incomparable sense of humor will truly be missed. We will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers and as we are once again reminded of the preciousness of life.”

The big man remained in the league for more than a decade after that, ending his career with a brief run as a backup to David Robinson in San Antonio in 1994-95 as a 39-year-old.

For his career, Malone averaged 20.3 points and 12.3 rebounds in 1,455 professional games between the ABA and NBA.

He is the second iconic player of his era to die in recent weeks; Darryl Dawkins passed away Aug. 27 at age 58.

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