Hal Greer, 76ers' leading scorer, Hall of Famer, dies at 81

Philadelphia 76ers legend and Basketball Hall-of Famer Hal Greer has died

"An NBA champion in 1967 and 10-time NBA All-Star, Greer's legacy includes being the 76ers' all-time leader in points, field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played, culminating in him being named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996".

The Sixers said Greer died Saturday night in Arizona after a brief illness. "I had the wonderful opportunity to visit with him and his family back in February of 2012 when we closed the doors on the Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse".

"An NBA champion and the 76ers' career scoring leader, he also embraced a leading role in the racial integration of basketball at Marshall University and his home state of West Virginia. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones".

Drafted by the Syracuse Nationals in 1958, Mr. Greer spent 15 seasons with the franchise, which relocated to Philadelphia and became the 76ers in 1963. All four were later inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

"Hal was a fantastic ambassador for Marshall and a great basketball player", Marshall men's basketball head coach Dan D'Antoni said.


The 76ers went on to dethrone their nemesis the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, amid shouts of "Boston is dead!" from a crowd of 13,007 Philadelphia fans who witnessed a 140-116 victory in the series-clinching game. According to his NBA Legends player profile, Greer averaged 27.7 points throughout the entire 1967 postseason and joined forces with forwards Billy Cunningham and Chet Walker and center Wilt Chamberlain to defeat the Warriors in seven games.

"Hal Greer's talent, drive, tenacity and unforgettable jump shot made him a Hall of Famer and one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history", read a statement from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

The 76ers fell off after Chamberlain went to the Lakers in 1968, and Greer ultimately retired after the 1973 season, when he averaged less than double figures in scoring for the first time in his 15-year National Basketball Association career. Greer perhaps shined the brightest during the 1968 All-Star game, when he lit up Madison Square Garden with 21 points in just 17 minutes while playing with a record 17 future Hall of Famers.

We extend our deepest condolences and send our love, thoughts and prayers to the Greer family during this hard time.

The 76ers said they will pay tribute to Greer's life and legacy at Monday night's Game 2 against the Heat in Philadelphia.

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