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Basketball Hall of Famer dies at the age of 81

Basketball Hall of Famer and Philadelphia 76ers legend Hal Greer has passed away at the age of 81. The franchise announced his death on April 16, 2018.

The Sixers announced that Greer sadly passed away after a “brief illness” on April 14, 2018, according to USA Today.

Greer spent all of his 15 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and Syracuse Nationals. He was also a 10-time All Star, and he even led the 76ers to the NBA championship in 1967, averaging 27.7 points per game throughout the playoffs that year.

With the 76ers, Greer was the all-time leader in points, with 21,586 points. He’s also the 76ers career leader in field goals, field goals attempted, games, and minutes played, according to the Washington Post.

Greer was mainly known for his consistency and his skill as a mid-range jumper.

Greer was the first player with the 76ers to have his number retired and to have a statue built in his honor.

"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 inspire others," the 76ers told USA Today.

Born in Huntington, West Virginia Greer was the first ever African American to have been offered a scholarship to Marshall University. There, he averaged 19.4 points per game during his three seasons.

The 76ers are going to honor Greer on April 16, 2018, during game two of their first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat.