The whole basketball world is mourning the recent passing of NBA great Moses Malone. He was 60.
Reports say that the three-time Most Valuable Player died in his sleep in a hotel room in Norfolk, Virgina, where he was supposed to participate in the annual Still Hope Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament.
Calvin Murphy devastated his close friend Moses Malone died today in Norfolk, Va where Calvin says it was from an apparent heart attack— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 13, 2015
Malone's death comes just a couple of weeks after fellow former 76er Darryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins succumbed to heart attack at 58.
Friends and former teams paid their respects to one of the elite centers to ever set foot on the hardwood.
The Philadelphia 76ers, in which Malone won his sole NBA championship in 1983, has already released its statement:
"It is with a deep sense of sadness that the Sixers family mourns the sudden loss of Moses Malone. 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. 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. 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."
"Everyone in the organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Moses Malone. Moses was a true gentleman and one of the great Rockets—and greatest NBA players—of all time. He will be forever missed. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends." —Rockets owner Leslie Alexander
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of Moses Malone pic.twitter.com/frzlXO44to— NBA (@NBA) September 13, 2015
Lost Coach Ray Wilson and friend Moses Malone this week. I'll be strong and preserve their memory and influence on me and many others.JWE— Julius Dr J Erving (@OfficialDrJ6) September 13, 2015
My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Moses Malone. One of the greatest #basketball players gone way too soon.— Walt Clyde Frazier (@WaltFrazier) September 13, 2015Continue reading below ↓
My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Moses Malone. One of the greatest #basketball players gone way too soon.— Walt Clyde Frazier (@WaltFrazier) September 13, 2015
Rest in Heaven to The Great Moses Malone. You will be missed but NEVER forgotten. pic.twitter.com/lrPrBITsfn— SHAQ (@SHAQ) September 13, 2015
Moses Malone on my right, came to congratulate me at Reception Party after my Induction to the… https://t.co/6AoXuRprWq— Dikembe Mutombo (@officialmutombo) September 14, 2015
My condolences to the family and friends of Moses Malone. You will truly be missed. Rest in peace Big Mo!!!— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) September 13, 2015
"The man I called 'Dad' passed today. Words can't explain my sadness. I will never know why a Hall of Famer took a fat, lazy kid from Auburn and treated him like a son and got him in shape and made him a player. Every time I saw him I called him 'Dad.' I hope he knew how much I appreciated and loved him." —Charles Barkley
Arguably one of the best centers to ever play the game, ranking seventh all-time in points (29,580) and third all-time in rebounds (17,834), Malone's career isn't solely defined by his MVP trophies (1979, 1982-1983), 13 All-Star appearances, and eight all-NBA selections.
One could truly appreciate Big Mo's game by witnessing his unrivaled tenacity on the glass—particularly on the offensive end—and incredible durability, having played a total of 21 seasons, including his first two years in the ABA (American Basketball Association).
For those who picked up the ball late and is quite unfamiliar with the man, here is a retrospective video of Malone's stellar career:
Video via NBA