Moses Malone’s SON Speaks Out About His Father’s Sudden Death Yesterday

Posted On : September 14, 2015
Moses Malone
Moses Malone

ILOSM fam’ as you’ve probably heard by now, NBA Hall of Famer, the great Moses Malone passed away yesterday (9-13-2015) at 60 years young. He died in his sleep and although there hasn’t been official word of what caused it, his close friend and fellow NBA Hall of Famer, Calvin Murphy, said it looks like Malone died of an apparent heart attack.

Moses Malone Jr (L); Moses Malone Sr. (R)
Moses Malone Jr (L); Moses Malone Sr. (R)

Malone’s son, Moses Malone Jr. spoke to Fox 26 Houston about what he and his family are going through right now. Here’s what he said:

“He was my and my brothers best friend. He taught us so much about life. He came from nothing. He taught us how to work hard and respect people, love your family and always do the right thing.” “He was a good person. He was always there to help people. He cared about people who had less than him.”
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“This is a sad day, I always thought my dad was invincible. He loved the game of basketball dearly. I always thought my dad would be here longer than me. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with in my life.” – Moses Malone. Jr.

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NBA Hall of Famer and Moses Malone’s friend, Calvin Murphy

Calvin Murphy had this to say regarding Malone’s death:
“The last 4 days of his life I spent with him, he was the happiest I have ever seen him.”

NBA Hall of Famer and Moses Malone's friend, Calvin Murphy
NBA Hall of Famer and Moses Malone’s friend, Calvin Murphy
Moses Malone
Moses Malone

The Houston Rockets (whom Malone played for from 19977 to 1982) said this about Malone’s death:
“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 and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.”

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Here are some facts about Malone’s career:
Moses Malone was a three-time NBA MVP and 13-time All-Star. 
He played for 8 teams over 20 years- the Houston Rockets, 76ers (twice), Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks and the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he finished his career during the 1994-95 season.

Malone was the Finals MVP with the 76ers in the 1983 NBA Championship

Malone was nicknamed “Chairman of the Boards” because of his dominance on the glass, averaging a double-double of 20.6 points and 12.2 rebounds over the course of his career.

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– Malone was the first NBA player to ever go pro fresh out of high school. That was a pretty rsicky move, but he did it and succeeded. Malone once said this about his career versus the careers of those who go from high school to pro today:
“If I were a high school senior today, with what I did in high school, they’d be paying me triple what they pay these kids now (laughing). With these kids now, you average 17 points and 12 rebounds, you can be the #1 pick. When I came out I was averaging 39 and 26 with 10 blocked shots! So they’d have to give me more.”

Moses Malone Jr., 1997.
Moses Malone Jr., 1997.

Malone Sr.’s sons also played sports. Malone Jr. played basketball in the…

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