NBA MVP Moses Malone laid to rest in Houston

Malone was the first player to go straight into the NBA from high school

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 31, 1983 file photo, Philadelphia 76ers Julius Erving, left, and Moses Malone, right, hold the NBA Championship trophy after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball’s most ferocious rebounders, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, according to a The Philadelphia 76ers statement. He was 60. (AP Photo/File)

(NBC News) – Three-time NBA MVP Moses Malone was laid to rest Saturday.

Hundreds gathered at a Houston church to say their goodbyes at Malone’s funeral.

Malone passed away last Sunday in his sleep while in Norfolk for a celebrity golf tournament.

Malone was the first player to jump straight from high school to the pros and was inducted into the NBA hall of fame in 2001.

FILE - In this April 20, 1984, file photo, New Jersey Nets' Darryl Dawkins (53) towers over Philadelphia 76ers' Moses Malone (2) as he gets off a shot during first quarter NBA playoff action in Philadelphia. Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball’s most ferocious rebounders, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, according to a The Philadelphia 76ers statement. He was 60. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)
FILE – In this April 20, 1984, file photo, New Jersey Nets’ Darryl Dawkins (53) towers over Philadelphia 76ers’ Moses Malone (2) as he gets off a shot during first quarter NBA playoff action in Philadelphia. Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball’s most ferocious rebounders, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, according to a The Philadelphia 76ers statement. He was 60. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

Malone’s former teammate Charles Barkley spoke at the funeral and called it “bittersweet.”
Barkley said: “this is a tough situation. This is one of the coolest things to ever happen to me in my life, because when the family asked me to speak this means Moses told them he was proud of me and that’s the sweet part. This day is bitter and it’s sweet…”
Barkley continued to praise Malone as a father figure.

Malone’s 20-year NBA career spanned over eight teams.

The medical examiner ruled his cause of death as heart disease.

Malone was 60 years old.

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