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Moses Eugene Malone, Sr.

Also Known As: "Mo"
Birthplace: Petersburg, Virginia, United States
Death: September 13, 2015 (60)
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Private and Mary Elizabeth Malone
Ex-husband of Private
Father of Private and Private

Occupation: Basketball Player
Managed by: Private User
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About Moses Malone

Moses Eugene Malone (March 23, 1955 – September 13, 2015) was an American basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1974 through 1995. He played center and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

A three-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a member of the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and ABA All-Time Team, Malone went straight from Petersburg High School in Virginia to a 21-year career in professional basketball. By the time Malone retired after 19 seasons in the NBA he was the last former ABA player active and held numerous distinctions in both leagues, including a championship ring and NBA finals MVP trophy won with the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers. A prolific offensive rebounder, he was nicknamed "Chairman of the Boards".\\Malone was an only child, raised alone by his mother, Mary, who had dropped out of school after finishing the fifth grade. She kicked her husband out when Moses was two years old due to his alcohol use.

Malone attended Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Virginia. Playing for the basketball team, Petersburg went undefeated in his final two years, winning the state championship in both years. Malone signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Maryland. However, he was drafted by the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association (ABA) in 1974 and jumped straight from high school into the professional leagues, joining a small number of players to have done so at that point.

Malone finished his career with the most combined ABA and NBA offensive rebounds (7,382), 35 percent over runner-up Artis Gilmore. Nine times he led his respective league in offensive rebounds, and five other times he finished in the top-3. He also holds NBA records for the most offensive rebounds in a career (6,731), season (587), and game (21). Malone would often rebound his own misses.] He was a 13-time All-Star, and earned eight All-NBA selections, ranking seventh all-time with 29,580 points, and third with 17,834 rebounds. He is one of just nine players who have been named NBA MVP three or more times. He led the league in rebounds six times, including five straight from 1980 through 1985. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2001.

Awards and honors 1983 NBA Champion 1983 NBA Finals MVP Three-time NBA MVP 13-time All-Star (ABA, 12× NBA) Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (class of 2001). Number 24 retired by the Houston Rockets Personal life Malone and his wife, Alfreda, had two sons. They divorced in 1992, after Alfreda charged Malone with emotional abuse and infidelity.

Malone died, aged 60, in his sleep, of an apparent heart-attack on the morning of September 13, 2015. He was found in a Norfolk, Virginia, hotel room when he failed to arrive for a celebrity golf tournament.

Moses Malone's obituary, from Moses Eugene Malone was born on March 23rd, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia. He was the only child of Mary Hudgins Malone and Moses Eugene Malone. Moses was a quiet child, with a clear focus rarely found in someone so young. His natural ability could be seen from the moment he picked up a basketball, but it was his work ethic and diligence that proved to be his greatest assets. He pushed himself daily, with the ultimate goal of becoming one of the best basketball players in the world. Even during the coldest winters Petersburg had to offer, Moses was found on an outdoor basketball court perfecting his skills, and developing new ways to dominate in the game he loved so much. Moses married the love of his life, Alfreda Ann Gill, who he described as captivating and beautiful. They had two handsome sons, Moses Eugene, Jr., and Michael Earl. Later in life, he was blessed with his third son, Micah. He is survived by his three sons; his granddaughter Mia; his former wife, Alfreda; his uncles Oscar and Arthur Hudgins; his aunt Clarene Hudgins; his cousin Diane Hudgins, along with her four children; his father-in-law Louis C. Gill; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He joins his mother Mary, father Moses, mother-in-law Minnie Estelle, and aunt Naomi, in eternal life. The accomplishments Moses achieved throughout his career are countless. The records he held, the honors he has been awarded, and the championship teams he has been apart of exemplify the true meaning of hard work paying off. Few have come from similar circumstances, achieved such great success, and maintained the stature and standing in life that he has, for all the years following his professional career. No one is more suited to hold the name, Chairman of the Boards. Big Mo, as so many called him, was a giving person. He gave by way of training and teaching athletes who sought to be as great as he was. Without hesitation he took them, one-by-one, under his wing. Educating them in all that he knew, in hopes of watching them achieve the dreams that so closely mirrored his. Aside of his phenomenal physical talent, and ability to mentally pull the best out of himself, Moses had an infectious sense of humor and exuberant personality that touched anyone he came in contact with. He shared many holidays, family reunions, cookouts, and summer days surrounded by family, relishing in his mother-in-law’s Sunday Dinners. Moses Malone is a legend in every sense of the word, and leaves an unmatched footprint in the hearts and minds of those who were blessed to know him.

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Moses Malone's Timeline

March 23, 1955
Petersburg, Virginia, United States
September 13, 2015
Age 60
Norfolk, Virginia, United States