NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone Dies

Contributed by: 4th Grade Student Intern Malachi Williams of Savannah Classical

Moses Malone
Moses Malone

Moses Eugene Malone was born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, VA. He was an American basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1974 through 1995. He played center and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from a heart attacked. Malone attended Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Virginia. Playing for the basketball team, Petersburg went undefeated in his final two years, winning the state championship in both years Malone signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Maryland. However, he was drafted in the third round of the 1974 ABA Draft by the Utah Stars, and jumped straight from high school into the professional leagues, joining a small number of players to have done so at that point. A three-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and ABA All-Time Team, Malone went straight from Petersburg High School in Virginia to a 21-year career in professional basketball. By the time Malone retired after 19 seasons in the NBA he was the last former ABA player active and held numerous distinctions in both leagues, including a championship ring and NBA finals MVP trophy won with the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers. A prolific offensive rebounder, he was nicknamed “Chairman of the Boards.


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