Moses Malone was one of the most talented individuals of his era, racking up three MVP awards and 12 All-Star appearances throughout his NBA career. More importantly for Philadelphia’s sake, Malone was a part of the Philadelphia 76ers team that won the 1983 NBA finals and brought home the Finals MVP award for that series.
According to a press release from the Sixers, Malone will be recognized for his greatness and contributions to Sixers basketball:
PHILADELPHIA — JAN. 11, 2019 — The Philadelphia 76ers announced today the team will retire the late Moses Malone’s No. 2 in a special halftime ceremony on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 when the 76ers host the Denver Nuggets at 7 p.m. on ESPN, NBC Sports Philadelphia and 97.5 The Fanatic.
Prior to the game, the 76ers will unveil a Malone sculpture on “76ers Legends Walk” at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey. All fans in attendance at the 76ers-Nuggets game will receive a limited-edition Mitchell & Ness Moses Malone T-shirt.
“Moses Malone is one of the greatest players in NBA history and he left an incredible mark on the 76ers organization and our fans,” said Philadelphia 76ers President of Business Operations Chris Heck. “He was such a pivotal force in the 76ers’ championship run in 1983, where he earned both NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP honors. He is an NBA icon, a 76ers all-time great and we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate his accomplishments by retiring his number and unveiling his sculpture on 76ers Legends Walk in February. Our fans deserve to have this special moment to honor and recognize a player who paved the way for so many future 76ers.”
Moses was before my time, but his impact on the Sixers and the NBA is undeniable. This is a much deserved ceremony for the late legend.
As the press release states, the ceremony will take place at halftime of the Sixers’ February 8th game against the Denver Nuggets. If you’d like to be in attendance for the retirement, I’d start shopping for tickets now. Many who were able to witness the Sixers’ ‘83 run still regale the days of Moses, Dr. J, Andrew Toney and Mo Cheeks defeating the Los Angeles Lakers to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy. It was an important era to a lot of folks, and the Wells Fargo Center should be a full house come February 8th.