The NBA Mourns the Loss of NBA Legend Moses Malone   
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The NBA Mourns the Loss of NBA Legend Moses Malone

As many gamblers from the 1970s, 80s and 90s were quick to learn, players like Moses Malone can have a profound effect on the outcome of free bets or real money wagers. September 13, 2015 will always be remembered as a sad day for NBA fans, owners, coaches and players after hearing the announcement regarding the sudden passing of NBA great Moses Malone at the age of 60 from apparent heart complications.

Malone was known by his now famous moniker "Chairman of the Board", a title he earned because of his uncanny ability to rebound the ball, especially on the offensive end of the court. Not only was he known as a great player, teammate and leader, he was also known as a great man who became one of the NBA's most important ambassadors.

It has already taken books to chronicle the career and accomplishments of the NBA's fifth best rebounder of all-time. After being offered a scholarship to play college ball at Maryland, Malone decided to turn professional and was drafted in the 1974 ABA draft as the first high school player to go straight to pro ball. After two highly successful years in the ABA with the Utah Stars and Spirit of St. Louis, Malone ended up with the Houston Rockets after the 1976 merger between the ABA and NBA.

As an NBA player, Malone announced his presence with authority in the new league. He finished the 1976-77 season as the third-best rebounder with 13.1 rebounds per game. That same season, he set the playoff record for offensive rebounds in a game with 15 in an overtime win over the Washington Bullets. The following season saw him lead the league in offensive rebounds despite the fact he missed 23 games with a broken foot. These are the kinds of stories that tell the real legend of Moses Malone.

Throughout his career, the statistics grew and the accolades continued pouring in. The 1982-83 season was arguably his best. After moving to the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent, he led the NBA in rebounding with 15.1 rebounds per games. He also finished fifth in the league in scoring with 24.5 points per game. This amazing season resulted in him being earning honors as the the league's Most Valuable Player, an award he also won in 1979 and 1982. He was also voted to the NBA All-Defensive Team. More importantly, he led the Sixers to the NBA Championship while walking away with the NBA Finals MVP trophy.

In total, he was selected to and played in 12 NBA All-Star Games from 1978-1989. He was selected to the ABA's All Time Greatest team and was honored by the Houston Rockets when they retired his number. From a long list of accomplishments, his greatest honor came in 1996 when he was selected as one of the 50 best players in NBA history when the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Malone retired in 1995 after 22 incredible years. Across both leagues, he finished with 29,580 points, 17,834 rebounds and 1,936 assists. In 2001, he was inducted in a tearful ceremony into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame where his accomplishments will live on forever.

As the 2015-16 NBA preseason gets underway later this month, there will be special honors bestowed on this great man and player. With the coming of another NBA season, gamblers will have another way to invest their free bets. It always a great time of year for sports gamblers with NFL, NCAA FB, MLB World Series, NHL and NBA all on the board at the same time.