Basketball Hall-of-Famer Moses Malone has died at the age of 60, according to a statement from the Philadelphia 76ers. Malone was a three-time NBA MVP, one of the league’s 50 greatest players, and the 1983 Finals MVP when he led the Sixers to the title.
“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.”
There’s no word on his cause of death at the moment.
Malone averaged 20.6 points per game and 12.2 rebounds over his 20-year career, which included 12 All-Star appearances and six rebounding titles. He began his career in the ABA with the Spirits of St. Louis, before moving on the NBA where he played for the Sixers, Rockets, Bullets, Hawks, and Spurs.