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Nate Thurmond, Hall of Fame Center, Dies At 74

Nate Thurmond, Hall of Fame Center, Dies At 74

SAN FRANCISCO — Former NBA great Nate Thurmond, a tenacious defensive center who was an iconic sports figure in San Francisco and Cleveland, died Saturday after a short battle with leukemia. He was 74.

The Golden State Warriors announced Thurmond's death less than a month after they lost the NBA finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games. Both franchises previously retired the Akron, Ohio native's No. 42.

Thurmond played 11 of his 14 seasons with the Warriors and retired after the 1976-1977 season, one year after leading the "Miracle" Cavaliers to an improbable trip to the NBA finals.

"Without a doubt, he is one of the most beloved figures to...

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