Standing 6 feet 11 inches, Thurmond battled it out on the court with the likes of Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Willis Reed and Wilt Chamberlain, his onetime teammate. "But if you ask any of them who the toughest defender was that they had to play against, Nate Thurmond's name was going come up every time. Without a doubt, he is one of the most beloved figures ever to wear a Warriors uniform". "One for All.' code", the statement said.
Thurmond was born in 1941 in Akron, Ohio.
Golden State Warriors Nate Thurmond (42) gets a rebound during Game 1 of the 1972 NBA Western Conference Semifinals vs. the Milwaukee Bucks at Milwaukee Arena.
Thought to be Chicago's missing piece, the 33-year old led the Bulls to the team's best chance at a ring in the pre-Michael Jordan era; averaging double-figure rebounds (Thurmond still holds the National Basketball Association record for rebounds in a quarter, with 18) while making life wonderful for his slashing and scoring teammates with his expert screen-setting and passing skills (Thurmond averaged 4.1 assists per game).
'Nate represented this franchise with class, dignity and humility as both a player and community relations ambassador for over 40 years, ' Lacob said.
Nate Thurmond played for Bowling Green in the early 60s where he was named first team All-American in 1963.
Thurmond once reflected on what it meant to help the Cavaliers reach the playoffs in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The Golden State Warriors announced the death of one of the team's most iconic players less than a month after they lost the National Basketball Association finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games.
Thurmond was also known for his soulful skills in the kitchen, and went on run "Big Nate's Barbeque", on Folsom Street in San Francisco, which closed in 2011 as one of many business to fall casualty of a major economic depression.
"The night before he was going to play against me for the first time, he was playing down in Los Angeles, " Thurmond said. He was a fixture at home games with his wife, Marci - midcourt, about 15 rows up - and appeared at numerous community events each year.