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Basketball Hall of Famer, 76ers Legend Hal Greer Dies at Age 81

Basketball Hall of Famer, 76ers Legend Hal Greer Dies at Age 81”

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.

"I'm terribly saddened by the news of Hal's passing", said Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick. "My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones".

He was the first African-American to play at a state university in West Virginia.

Greer was chosen into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with Willie Reed, Frank Ramsey, Slater Martin, Clarence Gaines and also Ava Duer. "He will forever be remembered by Herd fans and will be enshrined forever with the boulevard that is named after him".

"We extend our deepest condolences and send our love to the Greer family during this hard time", the Sixers said in a statement.

Greer was an NBA All-Star 10 times in his 15-year career with the 76ers and Syracuse Nationals.

Greer still holds the team record for points, field goals, games and minutes played.

A second-round pick out of Marshall in 1958, Greer was the first player to have his number (15) retired by the team. The Associated Press reports he was also the first to be honored with a sculpture on the 76ers Legends Walk at the team training complex in 2017.

The 76ers will celebrate Greer's life and legacy at tonight's game in South Philadelphia. During their 1966-67 title run, Greer averaged 27.7 points over 15 playoff games, helping the team beat their longtime rival, the Boston Celtics.

Greer is survived by his wife Mayme, a son and two daughters.



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