An estimated 1,200 people gathered in Houston on Saturday to remember the life of Basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone, who passed away last week at the age of 60.
The funeral service was held at Lakewood Church, in the same building where Malone once played as a member of the Houston Rockets from 1976 to ’82, when it was known as The Summit. The eulogy was given by former teammate and mentee Charles Barkley, who referred to Malone as “dad”. According to the Chronicle, among those in attendance were Malone’s former teammates on the Rockets, Rudy Tomjanovich, Calvin Murphy, John Lucas and Major Jones, as well as Julius Erving and Maurice Cheeks, with whom he won the 1983 NBA championship in Philadelphia. They were joined by former NBA players Dominique Wilkins, Ralph Sampson, Clyde Drexler, George Gervin, Artis Gilmore, Alex English, Tracy McGrady and Health Fitness Revolution founder Samir Becic.
Ralph Sampson said of Malone “Basketball was his specialty, but life was his calling. If you meet somebody like that, you gravitate to him. He was never up. He was never down. He was just Moses.”