Forward Banned in His Prime, Dies at 75", https://www.amazon.com/Foul-Connie-Hawkins-Story-David/dp/0030860210/ref=pd_sbs_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0030860210&pd_rd_r=P0SK8N03E9GT80YTHM5S&pd_rd_w=2WQow&pd_rd_wg=HrUoL&psc=1&refRID=P0SK8N03E9GT80YTHM5S, "SNL Transcripts:Paul Simon: 10/18/75: Weekend Update with Chevy Chase", http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2017/10/07/former-suns-great-connie-hawkins-dies-at-age-75.ht, "Connie Hawkins, Electrifying N.B.A. In the light of several major media pieces, notably in Life magazine, establishing the dubious nature of the evidence connecting Hawkins to gambling, the NBA concluded it was unlikely to successfully defend the lawsuit.
Despite the fact that Hawkins could not have been involved in point-shaving (as a freshman, due to NCAA rules of the time, he was ineligible to participate in varsity-level athletics), he was kept from seeking legal counsel while being grilled by New York City detectives who were investigating the scandal. Connie Hawkins was named to the ABA's All-Time Team.
The Pipers moved to Minnesota for the 1968–69 season, and injuries limited Hawkins to 47 games. , With the major professional basketball league having blackballed him, Hawkins played one season for the Pittsburgh Rens of the American Basketball League (ABL), an aspiring rival to the NBA, and was named the league's most valuable player. Due to knee problems, Hawkins played in the NBA for only seven seasons. ABL All-Star First Team (1962).
Manny Rubio/USA Today Sports. PHOENIX -- Connie Hawkins, basketball's dazzling New York playground legend who soared and swooped his way to the Hall of Fame, has died at 75. All-NBA First Team (1970). Before there was the persona of "Dr. J," Hawkins produced his own brand of basketball theater, although he played before decidedly smaller houses. Injuries limited his production in the 1974–75 season, and Hawkins finished his career after the 1975–76 season, playing for the Atlanta Hawks. We just weren't that sophisticated.".
Hawkins had surgery on his knee. ABL MVP at the age of 19 (1962). For the series, Hawkins averaged 25 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists per game. RIP https://t.co/noev9VBpgT. , During the time Hawkins was traveling with the Globetrotters, he filed a $6 million lawsuit against the NBA, claiming the league had unfairly banned him from participation and that there was no substantial evidence linking him to gambling activities. First Phoenix Sun elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. , Hawkins with the ABA's most valuable player award in 1968, College and investigation into point-shaving, Expulsion from Iowa and ABL/Globetrotter/ABA years, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, "Pittsburgh had its basketball kings for a day in '68", "50 for 50: The History of the Phoenix Suns – 1969-70", "Connie Hawkins, Electrifying N.B.A. He was effectively blackballed from the college ranks; no NCAA or NAIA school would offer him a scholarship. Official Sites. Family said she had a special talent for keeping everybody out of trouble. The Suns finished third in the Western Conference, but were knocked out by the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game Western Conference Finals series in which Hawkins carried the Suns against a team that had future Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West. Finally, in 1969, then-commissioner J. Walter Kennedy lifted the ban. His best season in the NBA was his first, when he averaged 24.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Cornelius Lance "Connie" Hawkins (July 17, 1942 – October 6, 2017) was an American basketball player in the American Basketball League (ABL), American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA), Harlem Globetrotters, and Harlem Wizards.
Hawkins had borrowed $200 from Molinas for school expenses, which his brother Fred repaid before the scandal broke in 1961. The Suns, a 1-year-old franchise at the time, lost a coin flip with Milwaukee for the rights to Lew Alcindor that year but won a separate coin flip with Seattle for the rights to Hawkins. "I was innocent, but no one would listen to me. "The Hawk," as he came to be known for his soaring repertoire, was born July 17, 1942, in Brooklyn, where he could dunk by the age of 11 and ruled the asphalt playgrounds, tales of his basketball feats spreading across the boroughs. As a result, when his class was eligible for the draft in 1964, no team selected him. Enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. Hawkins's lawyers suggested that he participate in the new American Basketball Association (ABA) as a way to establish his talent level as adequate to participate in the NBA.. ", Gonna miss the Hawk! , One of Hawkins' nephews is Jim McCoy Jr., who scored a school-record 2,374 career points for the UMass Minutemen basketball team from 1988 to 1992. People still to this day ask me if I was bitter about that, and I still tell them the same thing. "Someone said if I didn't break them, I was slow to obey them," Hawkins once said. Hawkins eventually sued the NBA for banning him and, according to his biography on NBA.com, reached a settlement for more than $1 million.
The Pipers made the playoffs despite injuries to their top four players, but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Together Chet and Connie Hawkins had two children — daughter Cynthia Payne and son Charles Hawkins (see the Connie Hawkins obituary here and the Chet Hawkins obituary here ). Played for the American Basketball League's Pittsburgh Renaissance (1961-1962 until the league's demise in Dec. 1962), the Harlem Globetrotters (1963-1966), the American Basketball Association's (ABA) Pittsburgh/Minnesota Pipers (1967-1968 through 1968-1969); and the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Phoenix Suns (1969-1970 through 1973-1974), Los Angeles Lakers (1973-1974 thru 1974-1975) and Atlanta Hawks (1975-1976). I'm just glad I was able to play.". During his senior year he averaged 25.5 points per game, including one game in which he scored 60, and Boys again went undefeated and won the 1960 PSAL title.
Hawkins was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. NBA commissioner J. Walter Kennedy let it be known that he would not approve any contract for Hawkins to play in the league. He was an actor, known for The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979), Super Slams of the NBA (1991) and NBA Hardwood Classics (1992). A New York City playground legend, "the Hawk" was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. "Once I became an NBA player, I never looked back. Connie Hawkins was the first Suns player inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Following the playoffs, the Pipers franchise moved back to Pittsburgh. Forward Barred in His Prime, Dies at 75", ESPN list of the Top 10 High School athletes of all time, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Connie_Hawkins&oldid=979994875, Banned National Basketball Association players, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductees, National Basketball Association All-Stars, National Basketball Association players with retired numbers, Parade High School All-Americans (boys' basketball), Undrafted National Basketball Association players, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Career statistics and player information from, This page was last edited on 24 September 2020, at 00:24.
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