Sixers great, HOF guard Greer dies at 81

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Hal Greer with Philadelphia 76ers owner Irv Kosloff in 1971, after passing the 20,000-point threshold for his career.

Greer is considered one of the greatest Sixers of all time and led the team to the 1967 championship.

He played each of his 15 National Basketball Association seasons with the franchise, and is their all time leader in several categories, including points (21,586), games played (1,122) and field goals (8,504).A 10-time All-Star, Greer was named as one of the NBA's 50 greatest players, led the Sixers to the 1967 National Basketball Association title and had his number retired by the franchise in 1976.

According to Marshall University, Greer scored 1,377 points and hauled in 765 rebounds. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

"An NBA champion and the 76ers' career scoring leader, he also embraced a leading role in the racial integration of basketball at Marshall University and his home state of West Virginia".

The 76ers beat the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals after Boston had won the NBA title for the past eight seasons and went on to beat the San Francisco Warriors in six games (4-2) in the NBA Finals for the first championship in 76ers history. 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.

"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.

Marshall athletics remembers the life of Hal Greer, who passed away on Saturday.

A second-round pick out of Marshall in 1958, Greer was the first player to have his number (15) retired by the team. "We extend our deepest condolences and send our love to the Greer family during this hard time".

In recognition of Hal Greer's impact on the Philadelphia 76ers franchise, the team will pay tribute to him during Monday night's game against the Miami Heat, the second game in their ongoing first-round playoff series.

"Hal Greer's talent, drive, tenacity and unforgettable jump shot made him a Hall of Famer and one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history", read a statement from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

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