NBA Icon George McGinnis Passes Away at 73 Due to Complications from Cardiac Arrest

NBA Icon George McGinnis Passes Away at 73 Due to Complications from Cardiac Arrest

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George McGinnis, a revered Basketball Hall of Famer, known for securing two ABA championships and earning the ABA MVP title, passed away on Thursday, as confirmed by the Indiana Pacers. He was 73 years old.

McGinnis succumbed to complications stemming from a cardiac arrest he experienced last week at his residence, according to statements released by the Pacers. His mobility had been challenged in recent years following multiple back surgeries due to an inherited condition.

"From his standout days in high school to his tenure as an IU All-American and notably his illustrious ABA championship triumphs with the Pacers, George McGinnis created countless cherished basketball memories for Hoosiers across generations," shared the Simon Family and Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

"He epitomized an Indiana basketball legend, a champion, and a Hall of Fame athlete. Yet, he was more than that. George was family. A fervent advocate for his fellow ABA players and a constant, cheerful presence within the franchise, George became as synonymous with our Pacers as anyone else. His absence will be deeply felt, and everyone at Pacers Sports & Entertainment will hold George and his family in our thoughts."

McGinnis kickstarted his career with the Pacers in 1971, swiftly establishing himself as an All-Star forward. Within four seasons, he received All-Star honors three times and led the ABA in scoring, averaging 29.8 points per game during the 1974-75 season. He shared the league's MVP title with Julius Erving.

Later, he transitioned to the Philadelphia 76ers, where he achieved All-Star status twice more. McGinnis remained with the 76ers until the 1977-78 season before moving on to the Denver Nuggets, securing another All-Star selection. The Nuggets traded him back to the Pacers for Alex English and a first-round pick in 1980, where he eventually concluded his career.

His legacy comprises six All-Star appearances and being twice selected for the All-NBA First Team.

"George McGinnis embodied a Hall of Famer both on and off the court, garnering numerous accolades throughout a decade-spanning ABA-NBA career," stated the 76ers. "He joined our team in the mid-'70s and proved to be an incredible force alongside Julius Erving - the duo steering our team to an NBA Finals appearance in 1977.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to George's family and friends. He will be greatly missed."

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