Per SportsCenter, NBA legend Moses Malone has passed away at the age of 60.
A resident of Petersburg, Virginia, south of Richmond, Moses Malone was born March 23, 1955, and made his NBA debut 21 years later after spending two years in the ABA to play for the Utah Stars. Now at age 21, Malone stepped onto the court for his second NBA team in the Buffalo Braves, where he participated in only two games.
Known as “Chairman of the Boards,” Moses Malone contributed to the NBA as a center and power forward, while his frame was composed at 6-foot-10 and 215 pounds.
Over the course of working with eight teams (Houston Rockets x2, Washington Bullets, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Buffalo Braves), Malone averaged a double-double every game as he wrote history for himself, currently ranking fifth in total rebounds (16,212) and eighth in career points (27,409).
A 20-year veteran, Moses Malone catapulted the 76ers into greatness, especially in the 1983 championship, where Malone averaged 42.4 minutes, 21.4 points and 13.8 total rebounds over a five-game series against the New Jersey Nets.
After being a part of the Houston organization in 1979 and 1982 – of which both seasons he won the league MVP – the Rockets decided to retire his jersey number (24). A season later while playing for Philadelphia, Malone again snagged MVP honors, marking his third – and final – MVP award.
In addition to Malone’s three-time MVP honors, he also appeared in 12 All-Star games and was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2001.
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