One of the greatest players in the history of the Philadelphia 76ers has passed away. Hal Greer has died.
The NBA Hall of Famer has passed away at the age of 81. His life will be celebrated at tonight’s Sixers-Heat game in Philadelphia.
Greer starred collegiately at Marshall. He was a second-round pick by the Syracuse Nationals in the 1958 NBA Draft.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 16, 2018
The Sixers released the following statement:
The Philadelphia 76ers organization mourns the passing of Hal Greer, an NBA champion, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and team legend. Throughout his 15-year career with the Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia 76ers, Greer solidified his place as one of the greatest basketball players ever. 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.
Greer was the first player to have his number retired by the 76ers organization when the team retired his No. 15 in 1976. 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.
We extend our deepest condolences and send our love to the Greer family during this difficult time.
The 76ers will celebrate Greer’s life and legacy at tonight’s game in South Philadelphia.
Our thoughts are with Greer’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.