ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to a new occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize one of the greatest centers in NBA history, Moses Malone.
Born in Petersburg, Virginia, Malone committed to play college ball at the University of Maryland, but instead was drafted by the ABA’s Utah Stars and went directly from high school to the professional ranks.Two seasons later, the ABA and NBA merged and Moses joined the NBA. Malone spent his initial NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets, where he showed his ability to rebound and score in the paint. After winning three MVP awards in six seasons in Houston, the Rockets traded him to Philadelphia, where he teamed with Dr. J and won the 1983 NBA title. Malone later became something of a journeyman, playing for Washington, Atlanta, Milwaukee and San Antonio. He retired in 1995 with 16,212 NBA rebounds, good for fifth all-time. Malone was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.
To celebrate Moses’s big day, let’s go the videos…
VIDEO: Game Changers: Moses Malone
VIDEO: Moses with Red
VIDEO: Moses Nike ad