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Sixers great, HOF guard Greer dies at 81

17 April 2018

Greer was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

Hal Greer, a Hall of Fame guard whose one-hand jump shot and fast-break ability helped lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a National Basketball Association championship in 1967, died April 14 in Phoenix. To further celebrate his place in team history, Greer also became the first player to be honored with a sculpture on 76ers Legends Walk at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in 2017.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.We extend our deepest condolences and send our love to the Greer family during this hard time.The 76ers will celebrate Greer's life and legacy at tonight's game in South Philadelphia.Current and former players and coaches, such as Magic Johnson and Villanova coach Jay Wright, have expressed their affection for Greer after learning of his death. "I had the wonderful opportunity to visit with him and his family back in February of 2012 when we closed the doors on the Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse".

He was picked in the second round of the 1958 NBA Draft by the Syracuse nationals, who later became the Philadelphia 76ers. He played basketball at Marshall University, where he was credited as the first African American to play for a major college team in West Virginia.

"Hal was a fantastic ambassador for Marshall and a great basketball player", Marshall men's basketball head coach Dan D'Antoni said in a statement.

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We extend our deepest condolences and send our love, thoughts and prayers to the Greer family during this hard time. Greer perhaps shined the brightest during the 1968 All-Star game, when he lit up Madison Square Garden with 21 points in just 17 minutes while playing with a record 17 future Hall of Famers. Greer also became the first player to be honored with a sculpture on 76ers Legends Walk at the team training complex in 2017.

The Huntington, W.Va. Despite never having an All-NBA first-team selection, native is broadly thought of as the next best guard of their 1960s behind Jerry West and Oscar Robertson.

The 76ers paid tribute to Greer with a moment of silence prior to Monday's Eastern Conference first round playoff game against the Miami Heat.

Greer is survived by his wife Mayme, a son and two daughters.

Sixers great, HOF guard Greer dies at 81