Moses Malone a Symbol of How Individual Greatness Can Uplift an Entire Team

September 13th, 2015 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

It's the purest play in basketball.

The offensive rebound is always original and unscripted, as one player makes something out of nothing for his team. And it was not just Moses Malone's specialty in a dominant career; it was his personal basketball domain.

Malone died Sunday at 60. It was the morning of the new NFL season, but he serves as a reminder of how a singular force in the NBA is always more of a game-changer than anyone on the football field.

The dedication and savvy with which Malone attacked the offensive glass made him a one-man team no matter what colors he wore, although he's remembered best as that very big man wearing that very small number in lifting the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers to the championship as NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP.

How dominant with his game was Malone? Not even counting his first two seasons in the ABA, Malone totaled 6,731 offensive rebounds in the NBA.

Next-most all-time? Robert Parish's 4,598.

Parish was certainly striking in his own low-maintenance way, with stoic but winning play for the Sixers' rival, the Boston Celtics. Yet the math say ...

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