Moses Malone Rumors
Only eight players in NBA history have ever won three MVP awards but Malone is rarely revered or discussed in the same way as Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron James, Magic Johnson or Larry Bird. Malone remains the all-time leader in offensive rebounds for his career, a season and a game. And he still ranks fifth all-time with 16,212 rebounds and 10th in scoring with 27,409 points. His contributions to the game will always be recognized by the record book, if not future generations of fans. “He probably doesn’t get mentioned as much as he should, but most of the people that know, know. He’s one of those guys,” said Cheeks, who wasn’t bothered by the delayed appreciation. “They do it in the time that they felt deemed necessary. But anytime is the right time. He’ll be up there with the rest of us and it will be a welcome sight.”
Here we are — almost 36 years after that title, and a little more than three years since Malone departed — and the 76ers are going all out to honor Big Mo, adding his statue Friday morning to the monument row outside the team’s practice facility in Camden, N.J. They will unveil a unique banner at halftime of the game against the Denver Nuggets that includes a special request Malone made before passing. “I’m so sorry that he’s not there to enjoy the moment,” Cunningham said. “Because I’m sure he’d be very touched by this. But I’m sure that somewhere up there, the fans are going to let him know, they might not have seen him play, but they’ve heard enough about him and know what his legacy is. And he’s one of the greatest players, not only centers, but greatest players to ever play in the NBA.”
The Philadelphia 76ers are paying tribute to the late Moses Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball’s most ferocious rebounders, with a sculpture and a jersey retirement ceremony. The Sixers unveiled the sculpture Friday morning at their practice facility in New Jersey. The team will retire Malone’s No. 2 jersey in a halftime ceremony at Friday night’s game against Denver. The banner they’ll raise will have the names of all Malone’s teammates stitched into it.