Ed Odeven Reporting

Connie_Hawkins_1968.jpegHall of Fame forward Connie Hawkins competes for the ABA’s Pittsburgh Pipers in 1968. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (Oct. 11, 2017) — Basketball royalty passed away a few days ago. And maybe now, finally, Connie Hawkins will get his proper respect. Maybe.

Hawkins’ death at age 75 brought back a flood of memories throughout the basketball world about The Hawk’s before-his-time game, his aerial antics, his difficult life story, his greatness as a player long before he reached the NBA with the Phoenix Suns.

Peter Vecsey penned an epic 4,000-word remembrance of the hoop legend,  diligently chronicling Hawkins’ life and times. (https://petervecseyreport.com/2017/10/09/hawks-complex-tale-leaves-us-wondering-what-might-have-been/). Other columns about Hawkins circulated widely on the internet and have received heavy traffic on social media. (Vecsey also appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered” with Robert Siegel for a thoughtful interview about The Hawk. Check it out here: http://www.npr.org/2017/10/09/556701118/remembering-basketball-hall-of-famer-connie-hawkins)

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