Former NBA star Nate Thurmond, who played during the 1960s and ’70s, died this weekend, after a short battle with leukemia. He was 74.
Thurmond — an Akron, Ohio native — played 11 of his 14 seasons with the Warriors, before retiring after the 1976-77 season, one year after leading the “Miracle” Cavaliers to the Eastern Conference Finals.
LeBron James paid tribute to Thurmond on Twitter, writing: “Damn man!!! R.I.P Akron’s own Nate Thurmond. Knowing u played in the same rec league as me growing up gave me hope of making it out! Thanks!”
Damn man!!! R.I.P Akron's own Nate Thurmond. Knowing u played in the same rec league as me growing up gave me hope of making it out! Thanks!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 16, 2016
During his career, Thurmond was an NBA All-Star seven times, selected to the All-Defensive Team five times (2x for the First Team and 3x for the second team), and selected for the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
His No. 42 jersey is retired for both the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.