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NBA Great Nate Thurmond, Hall of Fame Center, Dies at 74

In 1996, Thurmond was voted as one of the best 50 players in NBA history
By The News · 16 of July 2016 12:16:31
Basketballs, Basketball, photo: Pixabay

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.

Nate Thurmond playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1976. Photo: Wikipedia

Nate Thurmond playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1976. Photo: Wikipedia

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.

PAUL ELIAS