NBA great Nate Thurmond, Hall of Fame center, dies at 74

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Golden State Warriors center Nate Thurmond (42) in action, rebounding vs Milwaukee Bucks at Milwaukee Arena on 3/28/1972. (Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Golden State Warriors center Nate Thurmond (42) in action, rebounding vs Milwaukee Bucks at Milwaukee Arena on 3/28/1972. (Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Golden State Warriors center Nate Thurmond (42) in action, rebounding vs Milwaukee Bucks at Milwaukee Arena on 3/28/1972. (Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO — Nate Thurmond, a Hall of Fame center and longtime Golden State Warrior, died Saturday after a short battle with leukemia.

He was 74. The Golden State Warriors announced his death.

In 1996, Thurmond was voted as one of the best 50 players in NBA history and is considered among the most-dominating centers in the game.

The 6-foot, 11-inch Thurmond spent almost 40 years playing and working for the Warriors. He played 11 of his 14 seasons with the Warriors, and then worked as a community liaison and broadcast analyst. He holds the franchise’s record for rebounds and minutes played.

Thurmond played two seasons for the Bulls.

In his Chicago debut, Thurmond recorded the first quadruple-double in NBA history with a stat line of 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocked shots.

He was a seven-time all-star.

The Warriors retired his number 42 in 1978.

The Warriors drafted Thurmond out of Bowling Green with the third overall pick in 1963.