NBA great Nate Thurmond has passed away at the age of 74 after battling leukemia, his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, confirmed in a statement. The legendary player has been called one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, and he will be sorely missed.
Our hearts ache at the loss of Nate Thurmond, who passed away on Saturday, July 16 at his home in San Francisco. “Nate the Great,” as he was called, was reportedly battling leukemia for a “short” time, and succumbed to the illness.
Nate changed the NBA itself back in the 1970s, when he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1975-76 season and made them become”The Miracle of Richfield” team; they won the Central Division and made it to the playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s history. Nate played 14 seasons altogether in the NBA. Upon his retirement, the Cavs retired his No. 42 jersey. The team released a statement about Nate’s tragic death:
“We are very saddened by the loss of Nate Thurmond. Nate’s jersey hangs in the rafters at The Q because of the unselfish way the Akron native and Hall of Famer approached the game we all love, the teammate that he was, his profound impact on one of the most special seasons in Cavaliers history, and the way that all translated on and off the court to reflect the ‘All for One. One for All.’ code.
“Just as Nate always held the Miracle team, the Coliseum crowds and his local roots dear to him, the Cavaliers franchise will always love and respect him as a true Cavalier legend. We extend our deepest condolences to Nate’s wife, Marci, and their family during this difficult time.”
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