Hall of Fame center Nate Thurmond has passed away at the age of 74 after a short battle with leukemia.
Hall of Fame center Nate Thurmond has passed away at the age of 74 after a short battle with leukemia, the Golden State Warriors announced Saturday.
One of the greatest big men to ever play the game, Thurmond was named a seven-time All-Star and five-time NBA all-defensive team selection over his 15-season career.
Thurmond spent most of his career with the Warriors, averaging 17.4 points and 16.9 rebounds during the 11 years he called the Bay Area home.
The NBA released a statement on his passing.
He also spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls, playing two seasons with each franchise before stepping away from the game.
Thurmond was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985. His number 42 is retired by both the Warriors and the Cavaliers.
“We’ve lost one of the most iconic figures in the history of not only our organization, but the NBA in general, with the passing of Nate Thurmond,” Warriors owner Joe Lacob said. “Nate represented this franchise with class, dignity and humility as both a player and community relations ambassador for over 40 years. Without a doubt, he is one of the most beloved figures to ever wear a Warriors uniform and both a Hall of Fame player and Hall of Fame person, hence his #42 jersey hanging from the rafters at Oracle Arena. On behalf of the entire Warriors organization, our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family, including his wife, Marci. We’ll miss his presence in his customary seats at our games next season, but his legacy will live forever.”