Sixers to Retire Malone’s Number, Honour the Legend with a Statue
The Philadelphia 76ers will honour Moses Malone.
On February 8, when the Sixers host the Denver Nuggets, the team is set to retire the late Moses Malone’s number (2) in during a halftime ceremony. Prior to the start of the game, the Sixers will also unveil a statue of the legendary big man on the “76ers Legends Walk” at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey.
“Moses Malone is one of the greatest players in NBA history and he left an incredible mark on the 76ers organization and our fans,” said Philadelphia 76ers President of Business Operations Chris Heck. “He was such a pivotal force in the 76ers’ championship run in 1983, where he earned both NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP honours. He is an NBA icon, a 76ers all-time great and we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate his accomplishments by retiring his number and unveiling his sculpture on 76ers Legends Walk in February. Our fans deserve to have this special moment to honour and recognize a player who paved the way for so many future 76ers.”
A 13-time All-Star and a three-time MVP, Malone only spent five seasons with the Sixers, four of which in the prime of his powers.
Famously claiming the Sixers would sweep through the playoffs, Malone led Philadelphia to a 12-1 run through 13 playoff games, culminating with a four game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers, en route to the team’s third championship in franchise history. Malone would be awarded Finals MVP honours for posting a stat-line of 26.0 points and 15.8 rebounds per game. Malone also won a League MVP trophy as a member of the Sixers.
“Moses Malone is one of the NBA’s all-time elite players and someone who propelled our organization to great heights,” said Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Elton Brand. “He is a three-time MVP, 13-time All Star, one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, an NBA champion and a worthy Hall of Famer. He embodies what our program is striving to achieve, and he has earned the great honour of having his jersey retired and his sculpture unveiled by the 76ers.”
Malone averaged 21 points, and 12 rebounds per game in his Sixers career. Malone’s sculpture will join Julius Erving, Mo Cheeks, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham, and Wilt Chamberlain on the Legends Walk.