NBA great Connie Hawkins dies at 75

By: Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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NBA Hall of Fame forward Connie Hawkins has died at the age of 75.

His family confirmed Hawkins died Friday evening, KPNX reported. 

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Hawkins, nicknamed "The Hawk," played for the Phoenix Suns from 1969-1973. He was a four-time NBA All-Star and his number was retired in the Suns' Ring of Honor, KPNX reported.

Hawkins was initially banned from the NBA after being associated with a college basketball gambling scandal, NBA.com reported. Hawkins' career included stints in the American Basketball Association, as a Harlem Globetrotter and a legend on  New York City playgrounds.

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