The Philadelphia 76ers plan to pay homage to a franchise great Friday night.
Moses Malone was a 6-10, 215-pound power forward and center in the ABA and the NBA during the '70s, '80s, and '90s. He played over 20 years for teams like the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Atlanta Hawks, but his tenure in Philly set the legend in motion.
Sixers say the banner they’ll raise for Moses Malone’s Jersey retirement tonight will have the names of all the teammates he played with stitched into it, as he held out on being honored for so long because he wanted any ceremony to be about the whole team— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) February 8, 2019
The Hall of Famer was a 13-time All-star, and winner of the MVP award three times in his career. He averaged an impressive 21 points per game during his time in Philadelphia. In addition to retiring his number, the team unveiled a statue of Malone earlier on Friday as well in Camden by the team's training center.
Moses Malone now has a statue on Legends Walk in Camden. pic.twitter.com/LrGp7ih0Fm— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) February 8, 2019
Malone passed away in his sleep at the age of 60 on Sept. 13, 2015. In life, Malone didn't like the idea of being honored in this way, but said he would do so if the whole team were included somehow.
Luckily, the team has taken his classy wishes into account.
Moses Malone was uncomfortable by the idea of the Sixers retiring his jersey. He said he would accept under one condition: Every teammate would have to have his name on the banner as well.— The Athletic (@TheAthleticPHI) February 8, 2019
Tonight, it heads up to the rafters forever. @MrMichaelLee: https://t.co/6jvJ77PM0s pic.twitter.com/Oc2mHZEtn1
Every one of Malone's teammates' names has been included around the border of his banner.
This all-time great is finally getting the send-off he deserves.