Hal Greer death

The NBA world is in mourning this week after the death of legendary Philadelphia 76ers player Hal Greer. He was 81 years-old.

ESPN reported that Greer played for the 76ers for fifteen years after he was the 13th pick of the 1958 draft. The highlight of his career came when his team won the 1966-67 NBA championship.

During his team’s championship-winning season, Greer averaged a team-high of 27.7 points over 15 playoff games and helped the team beat the defending champions, the Boston Celtics. Scoring over 20,000 points during his career, Greer was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

“The Philadelphia 76ers organization mourns the passing of Hal Greer, an NBA champion, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and team legend,” the 76ers wrote in a statement. “Throughout his 15-year career with the Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia 76ers, Greer solidified his place as one of the greatest basketball players ever.”

“Greer was the first player to have his number retired by the 76ers organization when the team retired his No. 15 in 1976,” the team continued. “To further celebrate his place in team history, Greer also became the first player to be honored with a sculpture on 76ers Legends Walk at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in 2017. In addition to his historic contributions on the court, Greer will forever be remembered as a true gentleman who used the tremendous platform of basketball to uplift and inspire others.”

Rest in peace, Hal Greer! You will be dearly missed!

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