Former Suns PF Connie Hawkins Dies at Age 75


Hall of Fame forward Connie Hawkins has died according to a press release made Saturday by the Phoenix Suns.

Hawkins, who played his college basketball at the University of Iowa, began his professional playing career in the ABL due to his connection to the leader of a point-shaving scandal in college.

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Hawkins made the All-Star team in each of his first four years in the National Basketball Association, all of those appearances coming with the Suns.

He also played for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks. He won MVP honors as the team posted a league-best 54-24 record during the regular season and helped them win a title, beating the New Orleans Buccaneers in seven games in the inaugural championship series. However, his performances across the ABL, ABA, and NBA cemented a place for him in the basketball Hall of Fame.

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Jerry Colangelo, the Suns original general manager who went on to own the franchise, has said that if Mr. Hawkins would have come into the league through college at the normal age, "he could have been one of the top 10 or 15 players to ever play the game".

Leading off today: Several stories Saturday morning featured the quote that most eloquently reminded us of the greatest attribute in Connie Hawkins' game - his disregard for the laws of gravity. "He put us on the map".

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