Video: Sixers unveil Moses Malone statue
Members of the media gathered on Friday morning to witness the unveiling of Moses Malone’s statue in Philadelphia, which will now stand prominently among the effigies of several Sixers legends on the famed Legends Walk:
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Malone, who played in both the ABA and NBA (1974 through 1995), passed away at the age of 60 in 2015, but the legacy he left behind will live on forever.
A champion with the Sixers in 1983, Malone was recognized with several awards over the course of his illustrious career, including three MVPs (1979, 1982 and 1983), four All-NBA first-team nods and 12 All-Star selections. And in his first year of eligibility, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2001).
In January, the Sixers gave Malone one of the highest honors a player can receive by retiring his No. 2 jersey. As a result, he joined a select company of stars to have their jerseys retired by multiple teams.
Malone played a total of 1,455 games in the NBA, racking up averages of 20.3 points on 49.5 percent shooting from the field, 12.3 rebounds and just under one steal (0.8) in 34.0 minutes per outing.
“Moses Malone is one of the greatest players in NBA history and he left an incredible mark on the 76ers organization and our fans,” Sixers President of Business Operations Chris Heck said in an official statement. “He was such a pivotal force in the 76ers’ championship run in 1983, where he earned both NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP honors. He is an NBA icon, a 76ers all-time great and we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate his accomplishments by retiring his number and unveiling his sculpture on 76ers Legends Walk in February.”
The sculpture is the first of two that will be revealed this season, according to NBA.com. Malone will join Julius Erving, Bobby Jones, Maurice Cheeks, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham and Wilt Chamberlain along the Sixers’ Legends Walk.