What a tragedy. It’s a sad day for basketball fans as the Philadelphia 76ers mourn former star player Moses Malone, who passed away on Sept. 13 at the age of 60.
The NBA is mourning one of its legends today after it was announced that three-time MVP and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone died on Sept. 13 at the age of 60. Moses died suddenly in his sleep in Norfolk, Va. His body was discovered after he failed to show up to a celebrity tournament he was scheduled to play in, according to the Associated Press.
Moses was found unresponsive in his hotel room early on Sept. 13. Paramedics attempted to revive him, but he was pronounced dead the scene, according to TMZ.
“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,” the Philadelphia 76ers said in a statement.
“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,” the statement continued. “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.”
Moses is best known for leading the 76ers to the title in 1983 — winning the Finals MVP in the process and being recognized as one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players. Moses, a 6’10 center, was nicknamed the “Chairman of the Boards” and averaged a double-double while playing for 8 different teams over a career that spanned 20 NBA seasons. During that time, he led the league in rebounds 6 times, averaged 20.6 points per game and recorded 12.2 rebounds.
His son, Moses Malone Jr., led the tributes to his late father in a touching interview on Fox 26 Houston.
“He taught us so much about life. He came from nothing,” Moses said. “He taught us how to work hard and respect people, love your family and always do the right thing. He’s a good person. He was always there to help people. He cared about people who had less than him.”
Our thoughts go to his family on this sad, sad day. Was Moses one of the best centers to have ever played the game, HollywoodLifers? Let us know your thoughts below!
— Jon Boon