76ers legend Hal Greer dies

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Who’s the 76ers’ all-time leading scorer? It’s not Allen Iverson.

Who was the first 76er to have his number retired? It wasn’t Dolph Schayes.

Who was the 76ers’ first All-Star MVP? It wasn’t Julius Erving.

It was Hal Greer, an all-time great player whose feats shouldn’t be forgotten. He was one of the best guards of his generation – a notch below Oscar Robertson and Jerry West, but steadily excellent for a long time.

Greer died at age 81, the 76ers announced.

76ers release:

The Philadelphia 76ers organization mourns the passing of Hal Greer, an NBA champion, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and team legend. Throughout his 15-year career with the Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia 76ers, Greer solidified his place as one of the greatest basketball players ever. An NBA champion in 1967 and 10-time NBA All-Star, Greer’s legacy includes being the 76ers’ all-time leader in points, field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played, culminating in him being named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

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 said they plan to honor Greer at tonight’s Game 2 against the Heat. How fitting the 76ers rose to the level of having home-court advantage in the first round in time for this game to be in Philadelphia.