Hal Greer

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Sixers Legend Hal Greer Dies At Age 81

April 16, 2018 - 10:18 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Philadelphia 76ers are mourning the passing of one of the team's all-time greats. Hal Greer has died at age 81.

The Sixers said Greer died Saturday night in Arizona after a brief illness. 

Throughout his 15-year career with the Syracuse Nationals and the Sixers, 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 Sixers's 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 outside the training complex in 2017.

In a statement released Monday, the Sixers said, "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."

The Sixers planned to celebrate Greer's life and legacy at Monday night's playoff game at the Wells Fargo Center.