Nate Thurmond (1941 - 2016)
By: Legacy Staff
2 years ago
Nate Thurmond, Hall of Fame NBA center, died after a short battle with leukemia on July 16, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 74.
A seven-time All-Star and one of the most dominant centers in the game, Thurmond played for the Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers during an NBA career that spanned 14 seasons, from 1963 – 1977. The 6’ 11” center was often referred to as “Nate the Great” or “Great Nate” due to his outstanding play.
Known for his aggressive rebounding and shot blocking, Thurmond was the centerpiece of the San Francisco, later Golden State, Warriors throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. His teams twice made it to the NBA Finals, but lost to the legendary Boston Celtics of the 1960s and former teammate Wilt Chamberlain’s Philadelphia 76ers.
On October 18, 1974 he became the first NBA player to record a quadruple double, scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks in a 120 – 115 Chicago Bulls overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks. It’s a feat that has only occurred three times since, and not since 1994.
Thurmond attended Bowling Green University and was selected by the San Francisco Warriors as the 3rd overall pick in the 1963 NBA draft.
He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1996 he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History by the NBA on the occasion of the league’s 50th anniversary. His number 42 jersey has been retired by both the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.
He retired with 14,437 points, 14,464 rebounds, and 2,575 assists.
After his playing days, Thurmond was briefly a broadcaster and then a longtime community liaison for the Warriors.
“Nate represented this franchise with class, dignity and humility as both a player and community relations ambassador for over 40 years,” said Warriors owner Joe Lacob, “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.”
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