SAN FRANCISCO — Nate Thurmond, a Hall of Fame center and longtime Golden State Warrior, died Saturday after a short battle with leukemia. He was 74.The Golden State Warriors announced his death.[caption id="attachment_26847" align="alignleft" width="224"]
Nate Thurmond playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1976. Photo: Wikipedia
[/caption]In 1996, Thurmond was voted as one of the best 50 players in NBA history and is considered among the most-dominating centers in the game.The 6-foot, 11-inch Thurmond spent almost 40 years playing and working for the Warriors. He played 11 of his 14 seasons with the Warriors, and then worked as a community liaison and broadcast analyst. He holds the franchise's record for rebounds and minutes played.He was a seven-time all-star.The Warriors retired his number 42 in 1978.The Warriors drafted Thurmond out of Bowling Green with the third overall pick in 1963.