Willis Reed was past 30 now, and in the compressed lifespan of athletics that is to be past middle-age. It is a time when the body begins to betray its promises of youth, a time when the infinite resilience and boundless energy start to become less dependable certainties.
Tag Archives: Connie Hawkins
Can Connie Hawkins Find Happiness in the ABA? 1969
Can Connie Hawkins be satisfied starring in the second-best league? Can Connie Hawkins find happiness in the ABA? Asked these questions, Connie can say he’s satisfied. But is he sincere?
Chico Vaughn and The Man, 1968
Chico, the Pipers’ old pro, knows every airport in America, not to mention the motels and arenas.
￼Rick Barry Discusses: Is the ABA As Good as the NBA? 1973
The National Basketball Association is better than the American Basketball Association, but it is no longer a great deal better.
￼Connie Hawkins: No Harm, No Foul, 1970
One thing Connie Hawkins will do for Phoenix is solidify the franchise overnight. No team can exist for long in the NBA today without a superstar, and Connie Hawkins fills the gap at Phoenix.
Lamar Green: I’ll Be There, 1970￼
Lamar Green remembered: “In came this little kid, and he had his fingers all taped up and his wrist taped. I wasn’t going to say anything, but the other kids started laughing at him, saying who did he think he was, the Hawk or somebody?”
The NBA’s War on ABA, 1970
When superstar Connie Hawkins jumped from the American Basketball Association to the National Basketball Association, it was hailed as a major triumph for The Establishment (NBA) over the Young Rebels (ABA). Actually, it was a strategic move motivated by expediency and economy.
Four Stars the NBA Wouldn’t Touch, 1969
Because Tony Jackson thought a phone call was a joke, because Connie Hawkins and Roger Brown let someone buy them a few good times, because Doug Moe unwisely was too loyal, they lost three to six years.
Indy’s Roger Brown Makes Them Forget Big O, 1971
Most of the shell Brown had been hiding in for so long has been shed, and he has hatched into a beautiful bird of basketball, confident and immensely skilled.
Connie Hawkins’ Revolution in Arizona, 1971
Connie Hawkins seems like the last man in the world to lead a revolution. For one thing, he’s too tall. For another, very few successful revolutionaries get up at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon. And finally, he is rich.