By Associated Press,
Moses Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball’s most ferocious rebounders, died Sept. 13 at a hotel in Norfolk, Va. He was 60.
Det. Jeffrey Scott of the police department in Norfolk confirmed the death and said there was no indication of foul play. Mr. Malone’s body was discovered when he failed to report to a celebrity golf tournament in which he was scheduled to play.
A 6-foot-10 center who made the leap right from high school to the pros, he was nicknamed the “Chairman of the Boards” and was the NBA’s career leader in offensive rebounds. He led the league in rebounds per game for five straight seasons from 1980-85 and was part of the Philadelphia 76ers’ 1983 NBA championship team.
Mr. Malone was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and attended the induction ceremonies for the year’s class this weekend in Springfield, Mass., before returning to his native Virginia.
His staggering statistics across 21 seasons and 1,455 professional games included 20.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game in his combined ABA and NBA careers. He holds NBA records for offensive rebounds in a career (6,731), season (587) and game (21).
“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 [old] ABA,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.
Drafted in 1974 by the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association, Mr. Malone went on to play for eight NBA clubs and was the league’s MVP in 1979 and 1982 while playing for the Houston Rockets.
Mr. Malone joined the 76ers the following season and added his third MVP award while leading the 76ers to that championship after making his famed “Fo’, Fo’, Fo’,” prediction that the Sixers would win their playoff series in four-game sweeps.
He wasn’t far off: The Sixers lost just one game in that postseason before sweeping the Lakers in the NBA Finals, with Mr. Malone winning finals MVP award after 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 chief executive Scott O’Neil said.
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Moses Malone, basketball player who excelled at the offensive rebound, dies at 60 – Washington Post
By Associated Press,