Connie Hawkins is a household name for basketball lovers, but unlike people like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan, it’s not because he holds numerous NBA records. In fact, the reason there’s a Connie Hawkins appearance in the Basketball Hall of Fame is not entirely for what Hawkins accomplished on the court, but instead it’s because of what he had to fight through off the court.
A point shaving scandal that started in New York City during Hawkins’s freshman year of college at the University of Iowa somehow managed to involve his name. While Hawkins always denied his involvement and it was never proven otherwise, his name was tainted and he was expelled from Iowa. No other NCAA or NAIA school would offer him a scholarship, and the NBA commissioner barred him from the league. As a result, Hawkins had to find work in lesser league. He joined the ABL, but the league folded after his first year (a year in which he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player). After that, Hawkins spent three years with the Harlem Globetrotters. Hawkins then went on to join the fledgling ABA, where he led his Pittsburgh Pipers to the first ABA championship.
Finally, in 1968, Hawkins won a lawsuit against the NBA and was allowed into the league, joining the expansion Phoenix Suns. Hawkins was one of the league’s leading scorers in his first season with the Suns, and eventually led them to the playoffs. Since the first Connie Hawkins appearance in the NBA didn’t happen until he was 27 years old, Hawkins didn’t have enough time to make the kind of mark on the league he might have if he’d been able to join it years earlier. However, the flashes of greatness he showed even at the end of his career serve as a reminder for the kind of career Hawkins could have had.
**Connie Hawkins Speaker**
A Connie Hawkins speaker appearance is a wonderful opportunity to hear the story of how Hawkins had to battle for so many years to clear his name. It was a long struggle, but one that can serve as a valuable reminder not to judge people guilty before knowing the entire story.
**Connie Hawkins Appearance**
There has been a Conne Hawkins appearance in the American Basketball League, the American Basketball Association, the National Basketball Association, and even for the Harlem Globetrotters.
**Connie Hawkins Endorsement**
Connie Hawkins has received two of the highest endorsements awarded an NBA player. There has been a Connie Hawkins endorsement by the Phoenix Suns, who retired his #42 jersey, and, in 1992, there was a Connie Hawkins endorsement when he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
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