The NBA Lost Another Great Big Man
”Everyone in the organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Moses Malone. Moses was a true gentleman and one of the great Rockets – and greatest NBA players – of all time. He will be forever missed. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.” – Leslie Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets
Yesterday, September 13, 2015, Moses Malone, nicknamed “Chairman of the Boards”, died at the age of 60 in his sleep of an apparent heart attack. He was found unresponsive in the Norfolk Waterside Marriott hotel room in Norfolk, Virginia when he failed to arrive for a celebrity golf tournament in which he was scheduled to play. The news of his death was not only shocking because he recently attended the induction ceremonies for the 2015 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 11, 2015, but it also became an instant top trend on social media. Many people poured in their heartfelt messages on Facebook and Twitter.
An NBA Champion and Hall of Famer
Moses Malone was a 12-time NBA All-Star that played 20 seasons for 8 different teams (Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, and San Antonio Spurs) and averaged a double-double (20.6 points a game and 12.2 rebounds per game) for his career. A 6-foot-10 center that made the leap right from high school to the pros, he holds NBA records for offensive rebounds in a career (6,731), season (587), and game (21).
When Moses Malone joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 1982, he game elevated to the next level. With Julius Erving, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney, and Bobby Jones, the Sixers were a huge favorite to win it all in the 1983 NBA season. Before the playoffs began, reporters asked Moses Malone how well the 76ers would do. Malone famously said, “fo’, fo’, fo'” (four, four, four)—predicting a four-game sweep in each of the playoffs three rounds. As it turned out, the Sixers only lost one playoff game (Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Bucks) en route to making Malone a world champion for the first time, sweeping the Knicks and Lakers along the way. He also won the 1983 NBA Finals MVP trophy averaging 26 points in that postseason.
“No one person has ever conveyed more with so few words – including three of the most iconic in this city’s history,” 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil said. ”His generosity, towering personality, and incomparable sense of humor will truly be missed.”
The Philadelphia 76ers organization said Moses Malone will ”forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most storied era in the history of Philadelphia 76ers basketball.”
Moses Malone was named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2001.
Rebound in Peace, Moses Malone. You were one of the true greats!!!
By Shamarie, 14th Sep 2015