National Basketball Association legend, Moses Malone, died at 60-years-old, the Philadelphia 76ers (his former team) announced, on Sunday.
“It is with a deep sense of sadness that the Sixers family mourns the sudden loss of Moses Malone,” the team released 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 was a three-time MVP, a Hall of Famer, and won an NBA championship with the Sixers in 1983.
“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 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.”
According to NBC Sports, Malone scored 29,580 in his career, making him eighth on the NBA all-time scoring list, and third on the all-time rebound list with 17,834.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement, calling Malone “one of the most dominant centers to ever play the game” and one of the best in history.
“Even more than his prodigious talent, we will miss his friendship, his generosity, his exuberant personality, and the extraordinary work ethic that he brought to the game throughout his 21-year pro career,” Silver stated.