Hal Greer, Hall of Fame Jump Shooter for 76ers, Is Dead at 81

“I never said anything that made headlines,” he told Basketball Digest in 1980. “Nothing colorful.”

“We called Greer bulldog because he had that kind of expression on his face, and it never changed,” his former teammate Al Bianchi told Terry Pluto in the oral history “Tall Tales” (1992).

But in his 15 N.B.A. seasons, with the Syracuse Nationals and their successor franchise, the 76ers, Greer turned in an outstanding game just about every night.

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Greer with Irv Kosloff, the 76ers owner, after Greer passed the career scoring mark of 20,000 points.

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Earl Monroe, who faced Greer while playing for the Baltimore Bullets and the Knicks, recalled how Greer would pile up points in an unspectacular but devastating way.

“He would have 25 or 30 points on you, and you’d be wondering what he did to get all those points,” Monroe recalled in “Earl the Pearl” (2013, with Quincy Troupe). “Every night, steady. You knew he would be going to pull up and shoot the jumper, but you were never ready for it.”

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