Hal Greer Rumors
On the court, Greer was one of the fiercest competitors ever to don a uniform. “Almost like a quiet assassin,” former Sixers teammate Billy Cunningham described Greer. “When he played, it was 100 percent all the time. Some players claimed that. Hal played that way every second he was ever on the court. I mean, he would set a screen and he would hold it and defenders would bounce off him. Hal never gave up on a play. He never gave up on anything. “Just an incredible example for how to play the game. He was a star player but you would have never known because he wouldn’t tell you. He just gave all-out effort all the time. It was impressive and it was contagious to his teammates.”
Whether it was with the Syracuse Nationals or 76ers — if his team was winning, Greer was happy. If it wasn’t winning, Greer could be quite grumpy. “I remember one game against the Celtics and we blew a huge lead at home, something like 15-20 points and Hal was so quiet in the locker room,” Cunningham said. “You could see that he was seething. I mean, just seething. His face had a grimace and the anger of losing the big lead was bothering him. You just knew he would rally back with some big games after that.
The Philadelphia 76ers organization mourns the passing of Hal Greer, an NBA champion, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and team legend. Throughout his 15-year career with the Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia 76ers, Greer solidified his place as one of the greatest basketball players ever. An NBA champion in 1967 and 10-time NBA All-Star, Greer’s legacy includes being the 76ers’ all-time leader in points, field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played, culminating in him being named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.