National Basketball Association legend Moses Malone has died, his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers, announced on Sunday.
“It is with a deep sense of sadness that the Sixers family mourns the sudden loss of Moses Malone,” the team said in a statement. “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.”
Malone, who won an NBA championship with he Sixers in 1983, was also a three-time league MVP.
“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,” the team statement continued. “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.”
Malone is eighth on the NBA all-time scoring list at 29,580 and third on the all-time rebound list with 17,834, according to NBC Sports.
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