The NBA lost one of its Legends recently with the passing of three-time MVP and Hall of Famer, Moses Malone. He was 60. The NBA Great was found unresponsive and not breathing in his room by hotel staff and was declared dead at the scene by responding Fire Rescue personnel. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
Malone was a groundbreaking player, being the first in the modern era to join the NBA straight out of high school. He was named to NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1996. Known as “Chairman of the Boards,” Moses was a dominant big man in his prime who could score and rebound the ball seemingly at will and was a force in the paint. He played in 12 All-Star games and played for nine NBA teams across his 21-year career. He notably led the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA title in 1983.
“It is with a deep sense of sadness that the Sixers family mourns the sudden loss of Moses Malone,” 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil said Sunday. “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.”