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Player from first NBA game dies at 83

Harry "Moose" Miller,
who played in the first game in NBA history, passed away Wednesday night, according to the National Basketball Retired Players Association. He was 83.

He died Wednesday in Latrobe, Pa. from kidney failure, according to the association.

Miller, a forward/center, played for the Toronto Huskies in the first-ever NBA game on Nov. 1, 1946 at Maple Leaf Gardens against the New York Knicks.

Miller played one season with the Huskies, appearing in 53 games and scoring 152 points.

Miller, a native of Brooklyn, attended North Carolina and Seton Hall and served in World War II, according to the association.

"Whether sharing stories of how he traveled from game to game, or what it was like before the NBA even caught on, he shared his stories with great pride," Talia Bargil, a spokeswoman for the association, said of Miller. "His passing has affected this family of retired players tremendously, as he truly was a father of the game and loved by all."