The late Moses Malone’s No. 2 jersey number will soon hang from the Wells Fargo Center rafters.
The 76ers will retire the Hall of Famer’s jersey during a halftime ceremony when they host the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 8. The team will also unveil a Malone sculpture on “76ers Legends Walk” at its practice facility in Camden before the game. And fans in attendance at the contest will receive Moses Malone T-shirts.
“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 Chris Heck, the Sixers president of business operations.
The Hall of Famer had two stints with the Sixers. The team first acquired him on Sept. 15, 1982, in a trade with the Houston Rockets.
Malone made an immediate impact. The center averaged 24.5 points, a league-leading 15.3 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks and teamed up with Julius Erving to lead the Sixers the 1982-83 NBA title. He finished that season with his second straight and third league MVP honor. He also was named the NBA Finals MVP.