“I was the happiest guy in the world, once I became an NBA player, I never looked back.” Hawkins said when he was still alive.
Basketball Hall of Famer and former Globetrotter Connie “The Hawk” Hawkins died at age 75.
The Phoenix Suns, the team with which the hawk spent his most productive NBA seasons announced his death.
“We lost a legend, a player I had a very deep affection for who kind of put us on the map,” said the Suns general manager.
His cause of death was not disclosed.
Hawkins lived in the Phoenix area and had been in frail health for several years after he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2007.
Steve Nash, Former Suns point guard and two-time MVP Steve Nash re-tweeted Suns’ tweet: “Gonna miss the Hawk! Legend!”
Gonna miss the Hawk! Legend! RIP https://t.co/noev9VBpgT
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) October 7, 2017
You will be greatly missed, Hawk! pic.twitter.com/eQA3NNUAyT
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) October 7, 2017
Cornelius Lance Hawkins (July 17, 1942 – October 6, 2017) was an American Basketball League, National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association player, Harlem Globetrotter, Harlem Wizard and New York City playground legend.
It was on the New York City courts that he earned his nickname The Hawk.