Dazzling basketball great Connie Hawkins dies at 75

FILE – In this Oct. 22, 1969, file photo, Connie Hawkins (42) of the Phoenix Suns goes to the basket past Billy Cunningham (32) of the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half of a game in Philadelphia. Basketball great Connie Hawkins has died at 75. The Hall of Famer’s death was announced in a statement Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, by the Phoenix Suns, the team with which he spent his most productive NBA seasons. The Suns told The Associated Press they confirmed the death with his family. The 6-foot-8 Hawkins was a dazzling playground legend in New York City who rose to basketball’s heights. The Suns lauded his “unique combination of size, grace and athleticism.”(AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

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