On September 13 the basketball world was stunned, as one of the most respected and loved former NBA stars, Moses Malone, had passed away at age 60.
Many former and current NBA players have expressed their condolences, including those who played with Malone and against him. Among them were former NBA stars Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
“Having to say goodbye to another close friend is hard especially since he was in his prime,” Bogues shared on Facebook. “Moses took me under his wing as a rookie and I’m forever grateful.”
Bogues played with Malone for the Washington Bullets in the early 90’s.
Meanwhile, Abdul-Jabbar recalled Malone as being one of those centers he in his time had to compete with.
“I’m stunned to hear that my friend, Moses Malone, has passed on. He, along with Walt Bellamy, Daryl Dawkins, Caldwell Jones and Sam Lacey was one of the centers that I had to compete against so many times. My prayers and condolences go out to Moses’ family and friends,” said Abdul-Jabbar.
“Its hard to think of someone so vital and energetic as Moses Malone being gone. His sudden death really saddens me and I hope that his family and friends are able to deal with their loss. The last time I saw Moses and shared a laugh with him was at the NBA All Star Game,” Abdul-Jabbar recalled. “Me, Dave Winfield, my daughter and Moses shared a moment during the Legends Brunch.”
Three-time NBA MVP, Moses Malone died Sunday in Norfolk, Virginia. The police confirmed that Malone died in a Norfolk hotel room. Former NBA star’s body was discovered when he failed to report to a celebrity golf tournament in which he was scheduled to play, ESPN reported.
One of the NBA’s 50 greatest players of all-time, Malone was the NBA Finals MVP in 1983 when he and Julius Erving led the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA Championship.
Malone was the most successful prep-to-pro player of his era, going straight from Petersburg High to a 21-year career in professional basketball.
By the time Malone retired after 19 seasons in the NBA he was the last former ABA player active and held numerous distinctions in both leagues, including a championship ring and NBA finals trophy won with the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. Malone holds career ABA averages of 17.2 ppg and 12.9 rpg in 126 games. In the NBA, Malone played 1329 games, averaging 20.6 ppg, 12.2 rpg.
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