NBA Legend Moses Malone Dies At Age 60
Moses Malone, the three-time NBA MVP and 1983 NBA Finals MVP, passed away suddenly in his sleep on Sunday at the age of 60. His death has come as a surprise to colleagues who were expecting him at a golf tournament that he did not arrive at and who also saw him at the Basketball Hall of Fame events on Friday.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement in the wake of the news, saying:
“We are stunned and deeply saddened by the passing of Hall of Famer Moses Malone, an NBA legend gone far too soon. Known to his legions of fans as the ‘Chairman of the Boards,’ Moses competed with intensity every time he stepped on the court. With three MVPs and an NBA championship, he was among the most dominant centers ever to play the game and one of the best players in the history of the NBA and the ABA. Even more than his prodigious talent, we will miss his friendship, his generosity, his exuberant personality, and the extraordinary work ethic he brought to the game throughout his 21-year pro career. Our thoughts are with Moses’ family and friends during this difficult time.”
The Philadelphia 76ers - with whom he won the NBA Finals in 1983, also made a heartfelt statement about the loss of one of their most legendary players.
"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. 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. 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."
The Sixers posted this vintage clip of players talking about Malone's skills on the court across his 21-year career.
Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander released a statement on the passing of Moses Malone, saying:
"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."
The Atlanta Hawks, with whom Malone played for three seasons, posted this statement from Dominique Wilkins on Twitter.
Fellow players and members of the NBA community took to Twitter to express their sadness and condolences for one of their greatest that has gone too soon.
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