Moses Malone, an American basketball Hall of Famer and three time MVP, died Sunday at the age of 60, one of his former teams said.
Malone died in his sleep at a hotel in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was to have played in a golf tournament, Fox News reported. It quoted another Hall of Famer, Calvin Murphy, who was also playing in the tournament. Among other plaudits, the 6 foot 10 inch (2 meter) tall Malone was known as the “chairman of the boards” because of his skill at rebounding. Malone played for eight teams over 20 seasons. In every one of them, he averaged double-digit figures in points scored and rebounds, ESPN reported. In 1983, he led the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA championship over the Los Angeles Lakers and was named most valuable player of that series. Over his career Malone averaged 20.6 points per game and 12.2 rebounds. He was also named to the All Star game 12 times. Other than the Sixers, the NBA teams Malone played for include the Houston Rockets, Washington Bullets and Atlanta Hawks, with whom he finished his career in the 1994-1995 season. Malone was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. (AFP)