Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond Dies

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Nate Thurmond,Warriors legend, and voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history, died early Saturday morning in San Francisco at the age of 74 after a short battle with leukemia.

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Thurmond was considered one of the best players in Warrior Franchise history. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star, he earned NBA All-Defensive First or Second Team accolades five times and his Warriors jersey #42 was retired on March 8, 1978, one of six players to have his number retired by the Warriors.

He left the NBA with career averages of 15 points, once breaking 20 for five years in a row, and 15 rebounds, including a three-season run of 21.3, 22 and 19.7 boards. He was the  third pick in the 1963 draft and was also in the top 10 in blocks twice.

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Thurmond was diagnosed with Leukemia earlier this year.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement:

“Nate Thurmond was a giant of his era and one of the greatest players in the history of our game. A fierce competitor with an incredible array of skills, Nate had a remarkable Hall of Fame career that included the first quadruple-double in NBA history. Nate brought the same passion to his longtime community-relations role with the Golden State Warriors, who benefited from his deep knowledge of the game and warmth and kindness to everyone he encountered for more than 30 years. We are deeply saddened by his loss.”

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