NBA Legend Moses Malone Dies at 60
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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According to reports, Moses Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer, died Sunday in Norfolk, Virginia. He was 60.

Norfolk Police Dept. officials confirmed that he died in a Marriott hotel room in the Hampton Roads city. His body was discovered when he failed to report to the Still Hope Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament, in which he was scheduled to play, and no foul play is suspected. The cause of death has not been confirmed by authorities, but local news in the area reports that Fellow Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy says he died from an apparent heart attack.

“We are stunned and deeply saddened by the passing of Hall of Famer Moses Malone, an NBA legend gone far too soon,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “Known to his legions of fans as the ‘Chairman of the Boards,’ Moses competed with intensity every time he stepped on the court.

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Malone made history as the first player to go straight into professional basketball out of high school, signing with the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association in 1974. He then played with the Spirits of St. Louis, and moved on to the Buffalo Braves after the 1976 ABA-NBA merger.

He also played for the Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks and the San Antonio Spurs. He was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players, was the Finals MVP in 1983, and led the 76ers to the title.

Friends and fans took to social to offer their condolences and remember the legend’s legacy:

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.