NBA Great was ‘Chairman of the Boards’
Moses Malone dies at age 60
9/16/2015, 3:39 p.m.
(AP) -- Moses Malone devoured rebounds so easily it sometimes seemed he missed shots on purpose to pad his total before scoring. All those points and rebounds made Malone an NBA great.
A three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball's most ferocious rebounders, Malone died Sunday in Norfolk, Va., where was scheduled to appear at a charity golf event. He was 60. The death was caused by cardiovascular disease, the Virginia medical examiner's office said Monday.
Nicknamed the "Chairman of the Boards," Malone was inducted himself in 2001 and remains in the NBA's top 10 in career scoring and rebounding.
A 6-foot-10 center who was the first to make the leap right from high school to the pros, Malone is the NBA's career leader in offensive rebounds and led the league in rebounds per game for five straight seasons from 1980-85.
Malone led the 76ers to the 1983 NBA championship team, and the club said he will "forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most storied era in the history of Philadelphia 76ers basketball."
That was Malone's lone title, helping Julius Erving and the 76ers get to the top in his first season after arriving in a trade with Houston. He won his third MVP award that season and made his famed "Fo', Fo', Fo'," prediction that the Sixers would win all 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 Malone winning the finals MVP award after averaging 26 points in that postseason.
Malone's staggering statistics across 21 seasons and 1,455 professional games included 20.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. He holds NBA records for offensive rebounds in a career (6,731), season (587) and game (21).