POSTED: Monday, July 27, 2009 - 3:43pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am
VIDEO TO COME!!!
MOSES MALONE TO BE ON HAND FOR GRAND OPENING OF VIPERS PRO SHOP
July 27, 2009
MCALLEN, TEXAS - The NBA D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced today that basketball Hall-of-Famer Moses Malone will be signing autographs and taking pictures for free from 11:00 a.m.-to-12:30 p.m. during the grand opening of the Vipers Pro-Shop and Team Headquarters on August 7 in Uptown Plaza (4500 N. 10th St. in McAllen).
Named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players of all time, Malone started his 18-year NBA playing career with Buffalo in 1976 after spending two seasons in the ABA. After two games with Buffalo, Malone began a six-year stint as a member of the Houston Rockets. The three-time Most Valuable Player led the league in rebounding (17.6) and minutes per game (41.3) during the 1978-79 season. He also led the league in rebounding every year from the 1980-81 season-through-the 1984-85 season.
Malone’s best season was in 1981-82, when he led the league with 14.7 rebounds and 42.0 minutes per game. He averaged a career-high 31.1 points while shooting 51.9% from the field. He won his second MVP award that year.
The 11-time NBA All-Star led the Rockets to their first NBA Finals appearance in 1981, as the Rockets fell to the Boston Celtics in six games. He averaged 26.8 points and 14.5 rebounds in 45.5 minutes of action over the course of 21 playoff games.