NBA Hall Of Famer And 76ers Great Hal Greer Passes Away At 81

The Philadelphia 76ers have gone from a moribund franchise to their first 50-win season in over 17 years, which has been accentuated by their dismantling of the Miami Heat in their first game of the NBA playoffs. Indeed, time brings about change, but also loss.  60 years ago, Hal Greer was in his prime in forming a tandem with Wilt Chamberlain as one of the most impactful duos in NBA history.  

Wilt’s chip with the Sixers may not have happened if Greer wasn’t playing a very capable Batman to Wilt’s Superman. The tough guy combo guard could score in a multitude of ways as one of the best guards of his era, and averaged 24 points, five rebounds and five assists per game in his final season with Wilt.  Those numbers went up to 27.7 points and nearly 6 rebounds per game during the 1967 playoffs. Some believe he was one of the most underrated players in NBA history.

Today it was reported that Greer died in Arizona over the weekend after a brief illness.  

Hal Greer – Soul Kitchen

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The Philadelphia 76ers organization mourns the passing of Hal Greer, an NBA champion, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and team legend, the club said in a statement released Monday morning. 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, Greers 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. 

He was picked with the 14th overall pick in the 1958 NBA draft by the Syracuse Nationals, playing five seasons there before going to Philadelphia.  At only 6 foot 2, Greer was known to midrange teams into submission night after night.  Name your favorite Hall of Fame guard from the 60s, and it’s a safe bet that Greer gave him bushels of buckets. 

NBA at 50: Hal Greer (biography)

A biography of hall of famer Hal Greer. Taken from NBA at 50 CD-Rom.

Greer’s No. 15 jersey became the first to be retired by the Sixers in 1976 and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.  Recently, he became the first player to be honored with a sculpture outside of the team’s Legends Walk at the Philly training complex last year.  

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 inspires others, the team added. We extend our deepest condolences and send our love to the Greer family during this difficult time. 

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