Moses Eugene Malone ( born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia ) is a retired American professional basketball player. Between 1974 and 1995 he played in the ABA and NBA for nine different teams, but is mainly known for his time with the Philadelphia 76ers. Malone is 2,08 m tall and played the position of center.
Moses Malone was an outstanding athlete already in high school. Just before he wanted to start his college career at the University of Maryland, he got a contract offer from the Utah Stars of the ABA. He became the first player, who joined right out of high school in a professional team in 1974. After the ABA merged with the NBA, Malone came in a roundabout way to the Houston Rockets. There he won in 1979 his first of three MVP awards. Two years later he led the Rockets to the NBA Finals surprising. The Rockets defeated in the finals, however, Larry Bird and his Boston Celtics.
After another MVP award in 1982 Malone joined the 76ers Philadelphia. These had now together an exceptionally strong team that included Julius Erving and Malone addition, Andrew Toney and Maurice Cheeks. After a score of 65:17 in the regular season Malone predicted a sweep ( 4-0 ) of all playoff series with his famous words, " Fo ', Fo', Fo ' ". In the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, however, they lost a game, making it a " Fo ', Fiv ', Fo ' " was. Malone in 1983 for the first and only time champion. In addition, he was elected to this season both the MVP of the regular season as well as the MVP of the Finals.
After the championship Malone began to subside performance over the years. In 1986 he moved to the Washington Bullets, then after two years to the Atlanta Hawks. He was still playing with three other teams (Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs ) 1995 he took over after 21 years as a professional finished his career. With a total of 27,409 points and 16,212 rebounds achieved Malone is one of the statistically most successful players in the NBA history. Malone was four times in the All- NBA First Team (1979, 1982, 1983, 1985) and selected a time in the All-Defensive First Team (1983). In addition, he was appointed team twelve times in a row in the NBA All -Star 1978-1989. In 2001, Moses Malone was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.