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Nate Thurmond, NBA Hall Of Famer And Golden State Warriors Great, Dies

Thurmond was selected for the NBA All-Defensive teams five times throughout his career. He was also a seven-time NBA All-Star.

By Matt Moreno | July 17, 2016

Former Golden State Warriors big man Nate Thurmond has died. He was 74 years old. 

Thurmond played for the Golden State Warriors for 11 seasons in the '60s and '70s before finishing his career with the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

The Bowling Green alum was best known for his defensive abilities, earning NBA All-Defensive Team honors five times throughout his career. He was also a seven-time NBA All-Star. 

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Thurmond, an Akron, Ohio, native, was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1985. Both the Warriors and Cavs have also retired his iconic No. 42 jersey. 

Fellow Akron native LeBron James said on Twitter: "Knowing u played in the same rec league as me growing up gave me hope of making it out! Thanks!" 

Thurmond's wife says the 6'11" center had been battling leukemia prior to his death. 

This video includes clips from KRONKBCW and images from The Sporting News / Robert KingsburySport Magazine Archives and Corey Carter / CC BY 2.0. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

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