NBA Legend Loses a Pioneer and a Legend – Hawkins Passes Away at 75
It was a sorrowful start to the weekend around the NBA.
As the league’s preseason has gotten off to an exciting start, the NBA has lost one of its all-time greats on Friday. Connie Hawkins, an exhilarating New York playground legend who put together a Hall of Fame career as a member of the Phoenix Suns, has passed away at the age of 75.
“We lost a legend,” said Jerry Colangelo, the former general manager of the Suns back when ‘The Hawk’ played with the organization. “A player I had a very deep affection for who kind of put us on the map… A very warm, compassionate guy who was very humble in his own way.”
The death was announced by the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. Hawkins was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2007 and watched his health deteriorate for quite some time now.
“One of the first players to play above the rim,”‘ Colangelo said, “and kind of set the tone for those who followed, Julius Erving in particular, in terms of charisma on the court and the ability to do things on court.”‘
During his nine year career, Hawkins averaged 18.7-points and 8.8-rebounds per game. An original member of the Suns’ Ring of Honour, ‘The Hawk’ will be sorely missed by fans, family, and friends!