NBA MVP and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone has passed away last Sunday in Norfolk Virginia. He was 60.
ESPN reports that the Norfolk Police Department found Malone’s body in a Norfolk hotel room after the legendary athlete failed to report to a celebrity golf tournament he was scheduled to play in. Det. Jeffrey Scott of the Norfolk Police Department confirmed Malone’s death.
Known to fans and other players as the “Chairman of the Boards,” Moses Eugene Malone made his NBA debut when he was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1976 before being traded to the Buffalo Braves and then the Houston Rockets. In 1982, Malone signed with the Philadelphia 76ers where he led the team to a championship in 1983 where he also became the NBA Finals MVP.
NBA remembers him as the man who missed shots at or near the rim. This eventually led him to lead among other basketball stars when it came to offensive rebounds. Malone has a total of 7,382 offensive boards and 17,834 rebounds throughout his career. Moreover, he also ranked first in rebounding six times.
Standing at 6-foot-10, Malone ended up playing for eight teams throughout his NBA career that lasted 20 seasons, including five straight seasons between 1980 and 1985. During his long NBA stint, Malone played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and San Antonio Spurs. Malone finished his career with 29,580 points along with three MVP trophies, eight all-NBA selections and 13 All-Star appearances.
In statement following Malone’s passing, the Philadelphia 76ers has said that, “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.” Other teams and NBA stars have also taken to Twitter to express their condolences and grief over Malone’s passing including Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Scottie Pippen, Reggie Miller, the Washington Wizards and the Houston Rockets.
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Meanwhile, NBA superstar Charles Barkley who referred to Malone as “dad” said that he had just met with Malone last Friday at the Hall of Fame. After learning of his passing, Barkley told ESPN, “I’m crushed he’s gone. He was my guy. Forever.”