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Philadelphia 76ers Hall of Famer Hal Greer dies at 81

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hal Greer, a Hall of Fame guard and the Philadelphia 76ers’ career leading scorer, has died.

Hal Greer’s statue at 76ers Legends Walk

The Sixers said Greer died Saturday night in Arizona after a brief illness. He was 81.

Greer spent 15 seasons with the Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia 76ers and finished his career with a record 21,586 points. He’s also the 76ers’ career leader in field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played.

Greer was the first player to have his number retired (15) by the 76ers in 1976. Greer also became the first player to be honored with a sculpture on 76ers Legends Walk at the team training complex in 2017.

Greer made 10 straight All-Star games and earned All-Star Game MVP honors in 1968. He was also the second-leading scorer on Philadelphia’s NBA championship team of 1966-67 and would earn a spot on the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.

He played at Marshall and was the 13th overall pick by the Nationals in the 1958 draft.

The Sixers will honor Greer before their playoff game against the Miami Heat on Monday night (8 ET, TNT).

The Sixers said Greer was survived by his wife Mayme, a son and two daughters.

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Report: Cavaliers’ Love suffers partially torn ligament in left thumb

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The injury bug has once again struck Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love as he sustained a partially torn ligament in his left thumb, according to an ESPN report.

But according to the team, Love is not expected to miss any time and will be ready for Friday’s Game 3 at the Indiana Pacers.

Love missed six weeks earlier this season with a broken left hand. The Cavs’ All-Star had 15 points and six rebounds during the Cavaliers’ Game 2 victory of the Pacers.

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LeBron James sets record straight on postgame interview

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Following the Cavs’ 100-97 victory over the Pacers, TNT sideline reporter Allie LaForce interviewed LeBron James about his clutch 46-point performance that helped even the series at 1-1.

LaForce also took the opportunity to ask James for his immediate reaction to the death of Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

James seemed shocked by the news — which broke while he was playing — and offered his support Popovich.

“Obviously I’m a huge Pop fan. I love Pop,” James said. “That’s such a tragedy and my best wishes go out to Pop and his family.”

When James became aware of that people thought he was blindsided by the interview, he posted a video on UNINTERRUPTED to say “that is absoultely false.”
 

LaForce asked James before the interview if he would discuss the tragic news. And James agreed, although his emotions took over during the exchange.

LeBron went on to say that LaForce followed the proper protocol, praised her professionalism and sent out more thoughts and prayers to the Popovich family.



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Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, Erin, has died. She was 67.

The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich’s death Wednesday. The team didn’t provide further details.

”We mourn the loss of Erin,” Spurs general manager RC Buford said in a team statement. ”She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”

The Popovichs have two children and two grandchildren. They met at the Air Force Academy in 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin’s father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force’s head athletic trainer.

Gregg Popovich has coach San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles. San Antonio will face Golden State on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

Popovich ran the Spurs’ practice Wednesday. They Warriors lead the series 2-0.

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